This article will show how the architecture building at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has been a structural implementation of the architecture curriculum at the time and critically question the paradoxical realization of an architectural ideology, which belonged to a specific timeframe in Sweden.
Taking first place as Stockholm’s ugliest building on several occasions through voting polls by the general public, it was doomed as a failure by the architecture students already in 1971, less than a year after its completion.
Designed by Professor Gunnar Henriksson, who had an almost obsessive structural vision, corridors between studio spaces and offices are completely abolished. He used raw materials such as concrete, steel and tile. In addition, the architecture was a total image of the new architecture curriculum, A68, put into practice the same year as the building was designed.
A68 reorganized the architecture education and put more focus on environmental studies and building function analysis. As a result, the architecture building included a laboratory for testing technical problems in air-conditioned spaces as well as a laboratory for testing acoustics. Prof. Henriksson was fully responsible for the programmatic description, project management and building construction. In addition, the investigation preceding the new curriculum was singularly prepared by Henriksson 's old friend Lennart Holm, which puts the project process into question.