Turning artistic idea into reality

Archipelago is a steel pavilion that was installed in the summer 2012 in the courtyard at the Röhsska Museum, Sweden’s largest museum of design, craft and fashion. The pavilion is the successful result of a competition for students of architecture and design at Chalmers University of Technology. The winning proposal was manufactured by Riboverken, which was the main sponsor of the competition and also contributed with knowledge of materials and manufacturing technology.

The pavilion has a parametric design and is made of 133 precision-machined parts cut in 2mm thick sheets of stainless steel. All parts are rolled and held together by 140 metal couplings, 1,535 joints and 3,640 bolts. The total length of the laser-cut edges is more than 1.1 km. The soft contours of Archipelago make it a natural meeting place. It is decorated with laser-cut perforations that filter light into the interior.

RymdConfetti and other public artwork

Nearby Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg is a tall sculpture named RymdConfetti, which shines in the darkness in a variety of rich colours. The light shines through differently shaped holes cut by laser. The sculpture is made of stainless steel and coloured glass. Riboverken cut out the parts and the details using laser and waterjet cutting. The design was by Pia Hedström and the statue is inspired by various celestial phenomena. Skanska financed the work.