Project name: Alviks Square
Place: Stockholm
Architect: Sune Malmquist, Arndt & Malmquist
Completion: 1998
Customer: Anders Bodin Förvaltning AB
Product type: Polished facades, bushammered, sandblasted, and rough-split Älvdal Quartzite.

There are so few clear examples of architects who want to use the same stone for creating effects with structures and surfaces. And, at the same time, there are few purchasers who place such demanding quality requirements. So, of course, we were extra happy when we first heard about Alviks Square.

Sune Malmquist designed Alviks Square using Älvdal Quartzite for the facade. The facade consists of polished, cross-hammered, blazed, and rough-split Älvdal Quartzite. In large portions of the project, the stone is cast in prefabricated concrete sections. Malmquist believes that all the different treatments of the stone create special effects. The stones themselves are special and beautiful.

The client, Anders Bodin Förvaltning, had certain quality requirements, and many other stones did not meet these requirements. The stone is very strong, but relatively easy to work with. Alviks Square was a very advanced building and the stone could be used thanks to its outstanding attributes. The Älvdal Quartzite also resists today’s environmental pressures.

Sune Malmquist is a partner in the architectural firm Arndt & Malmquist, which is also owned by Hervor von Arndt, Henric Wåhlin and Bénédicte Wåhlin. The firm was founded in 1962, and in 1996 had 8 employees. Arndt & Malmquist specialize in qualified assignments involving apartments, offices, commercial buildings, and restaurants. They like to work closely with their clients and builders, who usually contribute good technical solutions, building capability, and a good environment.

Arndt & Malmquist use a design language that unites modern techniques and functionality with broadly classical architectural traditions. Other examples commissioned include the Oxkärran Quarter (Oxtorgsgatan, Stockholm) and Tranebergsstrand.

Alviks Torg is the art of seeing how differences complement each other. A square that unifies.