Zaha Hadid and Ian Simpson among beaten firms

Polestar tower

The London office of SOM has won a competition to build a new 60-storey residential tower in Gothenburg.

The practice beat four others, including Zaha Hadid Architects and Ian Simpson Architects, to the 230m tall scheme called Polestar Tower. SOM will also masterplan the surrounding area in the Swedish city.

Other firms to miss out were Manuelle Gautrand Architecture of France and local practice Wingårdh Arkitektkontor. More than 50 firms entered the initial competition.

SOM is carrying out its work with Copenhagen architect Entasis and another Danish firm, engineering group COWI.

All five shortlisted architects were asked to display their concept designs anonymously at a public exhibition in the city before SOM was chosen by jury.

The tower will be Sweden’s tallest building with the entire masterplan covering 143,000sq m and creating a new neighbourhood in the Lindholmen area of the city.

The Gothenburg region is growing by 8,000 people a year and is expected to be around 1.5 million in 2020. The tower will offer a variety of apartment types, including single-storey flats, loft-style apartments and duplexes.

SOM’s plans also include a series of mid-range towers gathered around its taller neighbour.

This story first appeared on Building Design.