WE APPLY A HOLISTIC APPROACH

Semrén & Månsson currently has offices in Sweden, Russia and Poland, and employs around 80 architects. Together, we strive to create balance and synergy between design, technology and financial aspects. We aim to analyse the full potential of projects by applying as much dedication to financial and technical criteria as we do to design considerations.  We believe this is what gives rise to the best architecture.

We work in close cooperation with our clients in order to create architecture that will stand the test of time - financially, socially and environmentally. We want to create projects with both our hearts and our minds, projects which are genuinely rooted in their context. Architecture which generates positive effects for the location and its people. We have had the privilege of working with ambitious, enterprising people and organisations over the years. These relationships have given us extensive experience of creative processes and solutions which helps us to breathe life into innovative ideas under real-life conditions. We believe in close cooperation as a means of facilitating processes, allowing our skills to add quality to projects beyond the standard that can be expected. Now we would like to know how we can help you with your next project.

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/We want to create projects with both our hearts and our minds, projects which are genuinely rooted in their context/

A PHILOSOPHY BRINGING QUALITY OF LIFE

The joy of building things and the desire for constant development of our own abilities are what drive us all here at Semrén & Månsson. This is how excellence, years of experience and the motivation of newly qualified experts are kept alive in a business involving a number of different specialist fields. Here at Semrén & Månsson, we are driven by the conviction that we can create architecture that brings quality of life. But this can only be achieved when design, technology and financial considerations interact fully.

We are receptive to the wishes of our customers in everything we do, and we are sensitive to the conditions imposed by reality. We feel that the most important thing is to see and understand the site where the project is to be implemented and to understand the customer's situation. To see the opportunities offered and challenges presented by the site, and at the same time to consider the customer's needs and sort these into some kind of order. Understanding this work is crucial. Clients have begun to take more of an interest in architecture as a value creator and quality factor over the past few years, and this is something that pleases us tremendously.

Adelina Mehra, our CEO, came here as a trainee. We discovered that we thought alike, and right from the outset she was a fearless sparring partner. When she moved to Stockholm, we opened an office there so that we could keep her. She has exceptionally good judgement as a CEO, as an architect and as a project manager.

Commissions relating to care are one of our specialist fields here at Semrén & Månsson, and Niklas Kruse is responsible for these. There were no hospital planning jobs available when he graduated, but we realised that we could not do without him and so we created one for him. He brings to the table 20 years of unbeatable knowledge of a dynamic field which is about to embark upon enormous development. He is ably assisted in his job by the fact that our office has experience of 50 years of hospital planning, with a CV which includes the design and redesign of Östra Sjukhuset hospital.

The company set its sights on overseas targets early on, and contact with Germany paved the way for inroads into Russia, and we had someone with unique skills working for us who could help with that. Maria Broman speaks fluent Russian, and she has relatives in St. Petersburg and a decent insight into Russian culture. Her contribution to this work has been invaluable. Before the Russian office opened, we opened an office in Szczecin in Poland. This gave us the expertise and the courage to be the first Swedish architectural office since 1917 to venture fully into Russia.

Working in different segments and on markets with different cultures may seem complex, but for us everything is straightforward: our offices are staffed by local people who all work in their own fields of expertise. Regardless of whether a project culminates in home in St. Petersburg or hospitals in Stockholm, all of us adopt a holistic approach and focus on the same targets.

//Magnus Månsson

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Regardless of whether a project culminates in home in
St. Petersburg or hospitals in Stockholm, all of us adopt a holistic approach and focus on the same targets.

– Magnus Månsson.

Areas of expertise

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    Health Care

    Health care environments are complex and technically intensive but above all they are about focusing on people – patients, families, staff. We design everything from hospitals and specialist centers to laboratories and nursing homes. Semrén & Månsson Vård och Skola was established in 1962 under the name CGC Architects. Our very first assignment was Östra Hospital in Gothenburg. Read more about our projects here!

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    Hotel

    Hotels should suit many. We tend to the business traveler's need for relaxation and others' desire for experiences – and understand the importance of both family and conference rooms. Avalon Hotel won the award of Gothenburg's most beautiful building and a landmark post office became Clarion Hotel Post. Please read more about our hotel projects here!

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    Housing

    We design homes that we want to live in. Starting with the location and the project's specific requirements, we work with all types of residential projects from the first sketch and planning phase to the very last detail. Together we can find solutions that are sustainable today and in the future. Residential environments that give a good quality of life and that meet both society and our customer's needs. Learn more about our residential projects here!

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    Working Environments

    Sometimes we draw office space from scratch, sometimes we take on a careful restoration of the k-listed buildings. We want to create work environments that support both staff and services. Architecture as a tool to strengthen corporate identity. Read about our projects here!

QUALITY AND ENVIRONMENT

Sustainability is our prime consideration all the way along the line, from the very beginning right until projects are complete. We strive to maintain a conscious approach to energy management, materials usage and other aspects of eco-friendly construction. Our aim is for our efforts to lead to urban planning and projects with little environmental impact.

The emphasis in our environmental work rests with the operational element of our business, i.e. our commissions for clients. We want to inspire and guide, because this is where we have significant contributions to make. The right initiatives implemented at the right time in the detailed design process generate comprehensive solutions which add value for long-term administration and for our environment as well. We work with buildings with environment classifications pursuant to the certifications systems Miljöbyggnad, Breeam and Leed.

We apply an integrated quality and environmental management system and Semrén & Månsson is ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 certified. This system supports out day-to-day work and ensures that our commissions are executed in a structured, consistent manner.

/We want to inspire and guide, because this is where we have significant contributions to make/

BIM

We aim to remain at the cutting edge when it comes to the development of computer-aided design, with a large number of commissions designed solely according to BIM, using Revit by preference. BIM is every much a methodology as it is an information model, and the office's BIM department is constantly driving knowledge development forwards both in-house and in communication with our customers. Its application is adapted according to the project, customer needs, the form of procurement and the scope of analysis work during the detailed design phase. This gives both ourselves and our customers more control and a greater understanding of projects by clarifying the problems and raising issues early on. We ensure simplicity in everything we do so as not to disrupt the creative process, while at the same time retaining the option of supplying our clients with detailed information.

History

  • 1969

    Per Rune Semrén founds the office and constructs a large number of projects over the first two decades, working mainly with brick. This is the Landeriet district in Linnéstaden, Gothenburg.

  • 1979

    A recently qualified, 23-year-old architect from Chalmers University of Technology, a man by the name of Magnus Månsson, starts working for Semrén arkitektkontor AB.

  • 1984

    After a long series of brick buildings, the office's first hotel project is complete. This is Panorama, which involved renovation of an existing residential property.

  • 1989

    Magnus Månsson takes over from Per-Rune Semrén as the office's new CEO.

  • 2001

    A firm of architects by the name of CGC is taken over by Semrén & Månsson. CGC has a long list of care projects under its belt, including Östra Hospital. The canteen here can be seen in the picture above.

  • 2004

    Projects involving the University of Borås and the university library, which receive great praise once they are opened, are important milestones in the history of the office..

  • 2006

    A Stockholm branch is opened during the year by architects and staff members Jakob Örtendahl and Adelina Mehra.

  • 2007

    Avalon hotel at Kungsportsplatsen in Gothenburg is completed after a 20-year process, and is nominated for the Kasper Salin Award later that same year.

  • 2008

    The company undergoes a major facelift and takes on a new graphic profile.

  • 2010

    The organisation changes and Adelina Mehra takes over as CEO from Magnus Månsson, who now becomes Group President instead. At the same time, CGC changes its name to Semrén & Månsson Vård och Skola.

  • 2011

    Semrén & Månsson opens its first foreign branch. The office is established in the Polish city of Szczecin, and at the time of writing Semrén & Månsson Poland employs five architects.

  • 2012

    Work on Clarion Hotel Post, which breathes new life into Drottningtorget in Gothenburg, is complete, and the project is later nominated for the Stora samhällsbyggnadspriset Award.

  • 2013

    Semrén & Månsson's new office in St. Petersburg is now in full bloom after a period of development, and the office has a number of projects on the drawing board in and around this Russian city.

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