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VÅGA Water Tower

CompanyWhite Arkitekter
Lead DesignersMattias Lind
Design TeamLars Zackrisson, Per Hultcrantz, Daniel Hultman, Magnus Kollén
Project LocationVarberg, Sweden
Prize(s)Bronze in Architecture Categories / Landmarks, symbolic structures, memorials, public
Entry Description

Swedish city Varberg needs a new water tower and wants a landmark. In a competition winning proposal, White Arkitekter responds with a totally new water tower typology. Instead of a traditional tower, two narrow cisterns are sculpted into the shape of an elongated stylised wave. A smooth horizontal curvature of the concrete façade creates a play of light and shadow. The dramatic silhouette is instantly recognisable from great distances across the region’s flat landscape, and echoes an established tradition of linear infrastructure, including UNESCO World Heritage site Grimeton Radio Station.