The Värtaverket combined power and district heating plant in northeast Stockholm has been in existence since the beginning of the 20th century. Today only the main building dating from 1903 recalls that it once played an important role in the electrification of the city. This brick structure was designed by Ferdinand Boberg one of Sweden’s most important Art Nouveau architects.

In their new power plant block KVV8, Urban Design and Gottlieb Paludan Architects responded to the architecture of the historical neighbour. The design challenge confronting the architects was how best to translate the brick aesthetic of Boberg’s facades into a contemporary architectural idiom and to implement a building erected for the most part using industrial prefabricated construction methods in a cost-efficient way.