Lärarhögskolan Orkanen

Lärarhögskolan Orkanen

Lärarhögskolan Orkanen

In 1997, Malmö University announced an international competition for the design of a new university campus at Beijerskajen and Hjälmarekajen in central Malmö.

After the Swiss architectural firm Diener & Diener Architekten won the competition, a project company was formed together with FOJAB. Between September 2000 and March 2003, the joint project company called Diener & Diener FOJAB arkitekter prepared program documents, system documents and tender documents for the turnkey contract for Kv. Orkanen.

Then, between June 2003 and October 2004, FOJAB was individually responsible for the construction documents. The new teacher training college was inaugurated in August 2005.

The Hurricane's facade is made of glass in a shade of green and is decorated with words and phrases in different languages, with the idea that passers-by will stop to observe and reflect. The words that adorn the facade are divided into three parts.

The first part is quotes taken from a poem by Hjalmar Gullberg, born in Malmö, and a song by Timbuktu, also from Malmö. The second part reflects the school's international connection, with the words "knowledge" and "freedom" in different languages. The third part is a series of words, such as 'listen think speak' and 'integrity self-esteem pride'. The letters are made of stainless steel, placed inside the glass, and change expression according to the hours of the day, the weather and your own movements.

City of Malmö Urban Design Award 2006

Facts and figures

Project name
Lärarhögskolan Orkanen

Malmö Högskola


About 43 500 m²

Completed, 2005

Contact person
Janis Kursis
+46 702 - 42 80 29

Project team

Janis Kursis
Architect SAR/MSA

Bosse Johansson
Architect SAR/MSA

Maria Listrup
Architect SAR/MSA

Åke E:son Lindman