Danish architectural firm C.F. Møller has recently designed a wooden high-rise building in Stockholm, Sweden. The high-rise is being created to mark the 100th anniversary of Sweden’s largest housing association, HSB Stockholm, in 2023.
Designed in collaboration with Dinell Johansson, the 34-storey high-rise will be built in the Marieberg district of Stockholm. The building design won 1st place in an architectural design competition for the plot in 2013. The building design comprises a total of 11 450 square metres.
The innovative and sustainable apartment building will feature a wooden structure built around stabilising concrete cores, and will act as a new characteristic landmark and meeting place in the city. Beams and pillars will be constructed using solid wood. Inside, all the windows, ceilings and window frames will be made from wood, and large windows will also allow the material to be visible from the outside as well.
According to the architects, wood is the natural choice when it comes to materials for innovative residential developments: It is an environmentally friendly and durable material that creates a comfortable and healthy indoor climate; also, the wooden structure actually constitutes a very efficient protection against fire due to the high levels of water in the wood mass – water that would need to evaporate before the wood could really burn.
Other benefits from the use of wooden structures include better acoustic environments and a more comfortable environment inside as wood also helps to regulate the inside temperature; furthermore, wood can also be exposed without the need of being covered with plaster.
Another key ingredient in the development of the new timber high-rise is sustainability. The architects have integrated social and environmental sustainability into the project. Each apartment will have an energy-saving, glass-covered veranda, while the building itself will be powered by solar panels on the roof.
The use of solar blinds minimises direct sunlight, while the building uses the sun’s energy for heating and cooling – making use of a so-called passive solar design. Low energy windows, a green roof and rainwater harvesting are other sustainable features in C.F. Møller’s high-rise design.
At street level there will be a café and a childcare facility. A new community centre will give local people the ability to enjoy the benefits of a market square, fitness centre and a bicycle storage room, while a communal winter garden will provide residents with an opportunity to have allotment gardens.
If you are keen on learning more about the innovative use of materials in urban development, the new Rising Architecture Week in Copenhagen, Denmark, will feature a lecture on this very subject. Rising runs from 15 to 18 September and will feature about 50 events throughout the city of Copenhagen, as well as a two-day conference on architecture, with lectures and talks about everything from material innovation to city planning.