Wood Building Inspiration

Three films of ground-breaking Swedish buildings

Sweden has a long and illustrious history of timber construction and good design. They also value sustainability and livability highly – and understand the benefits to the climate of building with wood, a natural material that saves CO2 and is in plentiful supply.

Trikåfabriken in Stockholm is a showcase for how timber is ideally suited for the conversion of buildings from one use to another – particularly making use of its light weight for adding additional storeys to an existing property.

Sara Cultural Centre in Skellefteå is a showcase for using engineered timber – especially cross-laminated timber – in tall buildings.

Strandparken housing in Sundbyberg outside Stockholm is a showcase for multi-storey residential wood construction.

Wood Building Inspiration

Trikåfabriken

Trikåfabriken in Stockholm is a showcase for how timber is ideally suited for the conversion of buildings from one use to another – particularly making use of its light weight for adding additional storeys to an existing property.

Here a timber section of 5-7 storeys has been added to a 1920s industrial property to create a dynamic, sustainable office building in the city centre.

This film is produced by the Swedish Institute and Architects Sweden in collaboration with Swedish Wood and the Swedish Forest Industries as part of the Woodlife Sweden exhibition.

Sara Cultural Centre

Sara Cultural Centre in Skellefteå is a showcase for using engineered timber – especially cross-laminated timber – in tall buildings.

When it opens to the public in 2021, it will be one of the tallest wood buildings in the world at 20 storeys high and will contain two theatres, an art centre, a library, and many public spaces for people to meet. The vision for the cultural centre is to become the “living room” of the city – a melting pot for ideas and cultural exchange.

This film is produced by the Swedish Institute and Architects Sweden in collaboration with Swedish Wood and the Swedish Forest Industries as part of the Woodlife Sweden exhibition.

Strandparken

Strandparken housing in Sundbyberg outside Stockholm is a showcase for multi-storey residential wood construction.  It is the world’s first eight-storey wood building that actually looks like a wooden building, made completely of wood, from structure to facade.

Since its construction in 2013, Strandparken has become an example and inspiration to the entire world.

This film is produced by the Swedish Institute and Architects Sweden in collaboration with Swedish Wood and the Swedish Forest Industries as part of the Woodlife Sweden exhibition.