Skälsö Architects have set up shop in an old bank in Visby alongside their team of employees. Despite a great deal of international attention and a gaze that is directed towards the outside world, it was quite natural that their base should be here on the island. Because if you ask them, Gotland is the best source of inspiration imaginable.
– When we started our studio here about four years ago, we were all connected to Gotland in some way or other. We grew up here, have family here and have generally spent a lot of time here. When we were working with Bungenäs, we got the chance to work on Gotland.
One of the studio’s biggest projects on Gotland to date is the development of the old industrial area and chalk quarry at Bungenäs, which has also previously been used by the military. The architects have a close working relationship with contractor Joachim Kuylenstierna, who bought the area back in 2007. Nowadays it has been transformed with features such as a restaurant in the old chalk barn, which has been renovated with deep respect for the original construction, a shop, art gallery and a carefully detailed plan for the entire area, where new housing is to be built with respect for nature and the landscape.