Set to break ground in 2015, the twin towers Helix and Innovation, designed by OMA in collaboration with Oscar Properties, are the winners of the Tors Torn Competition for the development of two mixed-use towers in the new Hagastaden area of Stockholm.

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At 100 meters in height, the twin towers will become the third tallest towers in the city. However, the will not look like any of the already existent skyscrapers.

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Clad in structure, the ordinary glassy smooth curtain walls which are a convention of the typology have been done away with, replaced with roughly grooved concrete box volumes which checker in three dimensions. This checkering creates an undulating and alternating pattern which defines the 195 residential units inside.

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Not only residences will find homes in these towers. One will feature a design museum and upper floor bar while both towers’ ground floors will feature health clubs, childrens’ centres, libraries and retail locations.

By Matt Davis

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