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Every two years the Swedish Institute of Steel Construction awards the Steel Structure Award to a structure where steel has been used in the load bearing structure in an innovative and architecturally appealing way, and where the properties of steel have been also used for the facade, ceiling and details.
This award encourages the use of steel in construction and promotes new ideas and inspirational solutions.
The short-listed entries will also be included in the nomination process to find the Swedish entry for ECCS, the European Steel Design Awards 2015.
"It is a great honour to have come through and won the prize in such tough competition. It is proof of our standing as a steel designer of architecturally interesting projects and yet another example of our successful partnership with Wingårdh Arkitektkontor. It's going to be exciting to see how well this project does in the European Steel Design Awards 2015," says Magnus Nilber, Vice President for the Structural Engineering Department at COWI.
"It is so great that Aula Medica has been recognised with yet another award; a distinction that we at COWI are extremely proud of. We realised right from the start that this project would be appreciated long after it was completed. The Aula is a building that challenges the designer. Having Akademiska Hus as such a clear and structured client, and with such great collaboration in the project group, we were able to achieve an outstanding end result," says Johan Ström, Project Manager for Aula Medica at COWI.
"Aula Medica is a building that uses steel in an innovative way to push the boundaries of what is possible. Aula Medica looks for the perfect balance between function, finance, beauty and technology."
COWI has previously been recognised for its work with steel design for Holmenkollen in Norway, which won a prestigious award at the Global BIM Awards in 2011; it was also nominated for the Steel Structure Award for Centralhuset in Gothenburg in 2005 and for the Emporia shopping centre in Malmö in 2013.
Karolinska Institutet’s Aula Medica has a lecture room that seats 1,000, offices for around 100 employees, 100 conference places, two restaurants and a cafe.
Nobel Lectures are held here, along with scientific symposia, academic ceremonies and conferences that bring people together from around the world.
Aula Medica was also awarded Building of the Year in 2014.
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