White Arkitekter’s all-timber design for Skellefteå’s new cultural centre has won the Civic & Community category in the 2018 Architectural Review/MIPIM Future Project Awards. The Awards celebrate excellence in unbuilt or incomplete projects around the world.

“We are incredibly honoured to win amid such strong competition. Skellefteå Cultural Centre uniquely celebrates the craft behind the creative process, so it feels fantastic that our close collaboration with structural engineering firm Florian Kosche and the client, Skellefteå Municipality, gets recognition,” say Robert Schmitz and Oskar Norelius, lead architects.

Located in Skellefteå, Sweden, just below the Arctic Circle, the cultural centre will house a theatre, museum, art gallery and city library. It will also feature a 200-room hotel which, together with the numerous venues, will allow for large congresses and conferences as well as accommodating the city’s increasing number of tourists.

“The design and construction of Skellefteå Cultural Centre shows that through innovation, age-old materials and methods can be used in new ways to create sustainable architecture,” say Robert and Oskar.