Our programme of commissions has been devised to bring a public focus to our activities and to encourage debate and engagement locally, nationally and internationally. Each of the artists and architects we commission bring with them their own set of questions and provocations; our aim is to feed these responses into the long-term development programme as it evolves. These commissions are also important tools for the Råängen team, providing opportunities to test ideas and broaden the conversation.
We are delighted that British artist Nathan Coley accepted our invitation to be the first artist to be commissioned for the Råängen programme. Coley is an internationally renowned artist who is interested in belief systems and how the values of a society are articulated in the architecture and public spaces it produces. He uses architectural forms and text works to unearth social, political and ideological structures. To mark the beginning of our conversation with Lund residents and visitors, an existing lightwork by Coley was installed adjacent to Lund Cathedral. Coley’s new work for the Church’s land in Brunnshög was installed in June 2018 to March 2019.
Heaven Is A Place Where Nothing Ever Happens
Nathan Coley’s sculpture ‘Heaven Is A Place Where Nothing Ever Happens’ was installed on Krafts Torg, between Lund Cathedral’s apse and the Bishop’s house from November 2017 to March 2018.
View a film about the work here.
And We Are EverywhereRead more
Brendeland & Kristoffersen
Geir Brendeland and Olav Kristoffersen have developed a wide-ranging practice over the past fifteen years, designing exquisite buildings, teaching students, and thinking through the implications of building in the 21st century. Mainly known for their ambitious and unique approach to housing, urban development and social provision, they have also worked on temporary, sometimes peripatetic, projects including exhibitions, installations and public interventions. Both Brendeland and Kristoffersen teach in the Faculty of Architecture and Design at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway, which situates their practice within a critical discourse.
Their interest in Råängen stems from a broad commitment to a common good as well as long-term engagement in issues relating to land ownership, communal ways of living, vernacular architecture, craft and local materials. Many of their projects involve communal activities that involve a broad range of people, including teenagers, children and adults. Their public space for Råängen will help set the tone for future development on the Church’s land in Brunnshög and will involve collaboration with Lund Municipality and the University.
Norwegian architects Brendeland & Kristoffersen have been appointed to design a public space for Brunnshög. The garden will be the first permanent commission for the Råängen programme and will be open to all. Over the coming years, a new neighbourhood will grow up around the space, which will shift from being an object in the landscape to a local park for a new community.Read more
Flores & Prats
Barcelona-based architects Flores & Prats have been commissioned to design the first building for Råängen which will sit close to ‘Hage’, the walled garden designed by Brendeland & Kristoffersen.
Eva Prats and Ricardo Flores established their practice in 1998 and have developed an international reputation for their rich, experimental approach to making buildings. Often using reclaimed materials and breathing new life into old buildings, they make stories out of the contexts in which they work and take joy in the incremental layers of history that are built up over the course of a projects’ lifespan.
They are committed to working on projects that place citizens centre stage, within generous, inclusive public spaces. Working with both social housing and cultural buildings, they are part of international discourse about the development of cities – how they can be opened-up, rethought and democratised. Their striking methodology involves extensive model-making and drawing, as well as an intense interest in craftsmanship and the personal imprint of the hand in the process of making.
Their extensive catalogue of projects ranges from a large-scale housing development in the suburbs of Barcelona, a theatre in Brussels, a cultural centre in Mallorca, and a community theatre in Barcelona, as well as other projects in Buenos Aires, Milan, and Venice. This will be their first project in Sweden.
Their practice as architects is complimented by their academic posts held at ETH Zürich, and the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de Barcelona.
For their project in Råängen, they will combine their research into housing with their commitment to craftsmanship, to create a building that promotes exchange between residents as well as a strong connection to the adjacent landscape. As with other Råängen commissions, Flores & Prats will contribute to the ongoing public conversation about the potential of the development, building on the work of previous commissioned artists and architects.