The architectural model has always played a central role in shaping the city. For architects and urban planners it is an important tool for investigating different design ideas and presenting new visions. The model’s main feature is to immediately communicate complex structures but in retrospect it also tell us about it’s time and how we used to look at the future.

The exhibition Modell & Verklighet (Model & Reality) showed some of the models that have been made over our home town Sandviken. Many of them were formerly in the municipality or Sandvik’s ownership and later tucked away in some attic or basement . The selection was designed to represent and reflect on different visions that have been under discussion for Sandviken , rather than covering the city’s complete history . The concept of models was also broadened to include other representations of the city, such as sketches , plans and maps. As a complement to the models, Studio kupol worked with documentary media and explored how the model’s intentions has been transferred and taken into custody by reality.






Streets of Sandviken Film, Studio kupol, 2015

All architectural typologies have their own spatial logic and cause a variation in street spaces. In Streets of Sandviken we filmed streets in different areas of Sandviken and lined them up after each other, forming an hypothetical street through the typologies of Sandviken.


Vallhov Modell, skisser och ljud

The municipality of Sandviken drew up a master plan for Vallhov 1970. The plan was discussed during the year, including a meeting with the public in Högbo. It was revised and adopted in 1971. The area then expanded at a slower pace than planned because of the industrial expansion. The architect Ralph Erskine designed the area around Killing road built in 1977. We have collected a small selection of his Vallhov sketches in which you can follow how the area occurs and converted paper through lots of iterations.


Nya Bruket Film and interviews. Studio Kupol. 2015

Nya bruket was planned and designed by architect Ralph Erskine in the early seventies. The area received a lot of praise in the beginning, the former  Minister for Housing Ingvar Carlsson considered it a beacon for the future and encouraged other architects in Sweden to learn from Sandviken. During the years the area got neglected. In 2010 Nya Bruket had the lowest median income in the whole county.

In this film we talked with the residents about their feelings for the neighborhood and its future. We also  tried a new technique to capture the wide spaces of the area. We used a tilt-shift lens which we shifted horizontally to achieve an ultra wide focal length, the videos were stitched together in the post-production.