Tower of timber

by Darren
Tower of Timber

The world’s tallest wooden skyscraper may be built in Stockholm, Sweden, by 2023.


Promising to be a towering celebration of wood, the world’s tallest wooden skyscraper may be built in Stockholm, Sweden, by 2023.

Together with two other residential projects, the proposed 34-floor wooden apartment building was announced as the winner of an architectural competition to create a landmark of the future, hosted by HSB Stockholm, one of Sweden’s largest housing organisations.

Designed by Berg | C.F. Møller Architects in cooperation with DinellJohansson, the 11 450m² building is planned to have a wooden structure of solid and cross-laminated timber pillars and beams around stabilising concrete cores.

Inside the apartments, the floors, ceiling and window frames will all be constructed out of wood and thanks to the large windows, the ecological material would also be visible from the outside. Each unit will also be equipped with an energy-efficient, glass-fronted balcony.

According to C.F. Møller Architects, wood was the natural choice for this innovative residential development because apart from being an environmentally-friendly and durable material, indoors it creates a healthy and comfortable, homey atmosphere. As a building material, wood also offers very effective protection against fire.

Sustainability was a big consideration, both during the construction process and in terms of the residents’ lifestyle. For example, the kitchen interiors were specially designed to encourage and make recycling easy, and energy for the building will be generated by solar panels on the roof. It is also proposed that the housing association operates a bicycle and car pool programme.

The general idea of the competition entry was to create a residential complex that can accommodate a diversity of people – from students and families with children to pensioners. Not only would it be a landmark in the area that can be seen for miles, but it would also create an opportunity to, as an attractive meeting place, welcome visitors from the surrounding community and build community spirit while providing an ideal environment for people with busy modern lifestyles.

As part of the project’s social sustainability, the designers have made provision for a café and a nursery at the bottom of the building. In another new neighbouring building, the skyscraper’s residents will have access to a market, gym, bicycle storage area and a shared winter garden.

The second project that was part of the winning entry entails an office conversion into a variety of residential apartments aimed at a diverse clientele. It combines new-built and transformative design work, which will result in three buildings with wooden structures and a jetty, becoming an innovative recreational meeting place in central Stockholm.

The third, a multi-storey housing complex – Vertical Urban Quarter – is designed with a timber structure, green rooftop terraces, a playground on one of the stories and varied façades that reflect the various types of homes, whether it is family or student housing, urban villas, lofts, penthouses or care homes for the elderly.

The competition was held to create a modern residential high-rise that will be a Stockholm beacon. It still has to be decided which of the three projects will be constructed in time for the organisation’s 100th birthday celebrations in nine years’ time.

Full thanks to www.worldarchitecturenews.com, www.archdaily.com and C.F. Møller for the information given to write this article.

Features of the proposed wooden skyscraper:
• Solid and cross-laminated wooden pillars and beams.
• Wooden floors, ceiling and window frames.
• Energy-efficient, glass-fronted balconies.
• Recycling-friendly kitchens.
• A solar panel on the roof will supply energy to the building.


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