This particular building has been the so-called "domus house." A concept that most Swedes know from all major towns in principle. Along with department store chains Tempo and EPA, it was these companies stores that often dominated the city centers from the early sixties and forward to the early eighties. At least Domus was most often found in the best premium location in most major cities.

The ambitions of these were many. But they were hardly ever to blend into their environment or strengthen already established architectural qualities. Rather, they were significantly streamlined construction, large buildings, designed elsewhere than locally. A sort of forerunner to the later dominant retail chains in the current shopping centers. Which mostly uses an in many ways centralized design. Just in Örnsköldsvik the front facade ended up with large display windows essentially parallel to the thoroughfare street and the heavy traffic.

örnsköldsvik galleria

By breaking down the structure into smaller units, interior and exterior, you will increase flexibility and reduce the dominant impression. Even if the building overall is quite large and partially dominate his area it is possible to give the experience that it is smaller than it actually are. And choose a design which in parts is fully in line with traditional building culture, one can also use cladding that does not feel artificial or semi. And avoid the feeling of anxious neutrality. It may also harmonize with the smaller buildings in the surrounding area.


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