Wooden Skyscraper / Berg | C.F. Møller Architects with DinnellJohansson

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For HSB Stockholm’s architectural competition 2023, three teams of architects have produced innovative proposals for private residences of the future at three different locations in the centre of Stockholm. Berg | C.F. Møller’s proposed design is a 34-storey skyscraper made of wood.

Berg | C.F. Møller Architects are working in partnership with architects Dinell Johansson and consultants Tyréns on their entry. The team has chosen to build upwards, and has designed a 34-storey residential building, which will be seen for miles. The building will be built over a wooden construction with a concrete core, and it is intended to give the people of Stockholm a new and characteristic beacon and meeting place in their city.

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Back to basics
Wood is one of nature’s most innovative building materials: the production has no waste products and it binds CO2. Wood has low weight, but is a very strong load-bearing structure compared to its lightness.Wood is also more fire resistant than both steel and concrete. This is due to 15% of wood mass being water, which will evaporate before the wood actually burns. In addition, logs get charred which protects the core.Wood secures a good indoor climate, perfect acoustics, helps regulating the inside temperature and can be exposed without being covered with plaster or other costly materials.In Berg | C.F. Møller’s wooden skyscraper, the pillars and beams are made of solid wood. Inside the apartments, all the walls, ceilings and window frames are made of wood as well and will be visible from the exterior through the large windows.

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Sustainable
Social and environmental sustainability is integrated 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. At street level there is a café and childcare facility. In a new community centre, local people will be able to enjoy the benefits of a market square, fitness centre and bicycle storage room. A communal winter garden will provide residents with an opportunity to have allotment gardens.All three design proposals are available on HSB Stockholm’s Facebook page. Here you can vote for your favourite and thus play your part in determining how private homes in Stockholm will look in the future.

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About the competition
HSB Stockholm – ’s largest building society – is 100 years old in 2023. At that time an ultra-modern residential high-rise building will be completed in Stockholm city. Three architectural teams are now preparing the competitive proposals for the spectacular house that will be placed at one of three different sites in Stockholm.

To see ArchDaily’s latest coverage of skyscrapers using wood, check out The Timber Tower Research Project and  Michael Green presents ‘The Case for Tall Wood Buildings’.

Architects: Berg | C.F. Møller Architects with DinellJohansson
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Urban Planning Consultants: Tyréns
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of C.F. Møller Architects with DinellJohansson

Cite: Quintal, Becky. "Wooden Skyscraper / Berg | C.F. Møller Architects with DinnellJohansson" 17 Jun 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 Nov 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=387769>
  • Bo
  • LL

    NICE! I always wanted a penthouse with 8 terraces all too small to use!

    • Martin

      The spaces of the terraces are according to tradition, people do use these spaces in that city.

  • http://michaelwaring.carbonmade.com Michael Waring

    “Wood is also more fire resistant than both steel and concrete. This is due to 15% of wood mass being water, which will evaporate before the wood actually burns. In addition, logs get charred which protects the core”

    This is true to an extent but glue-lam beams can burn more quickly than standard lumber. As a volunteer firefighter I see it in every house with lightweight engineered wood construction. The web of wood I-beams burns quicker and hotter because of the glue and ultimately fails (although its also due to the web being very thin). Wood trusses collapse quickly when the gusset plates that hold them together warp and fail from the heat. Steel and Concrete structures are much more fire resistant and fires in those structures involve the contents of the room. A multi-story apartment building made of concrete will probably not suffer any structural damage where as a wood one is much more susceptible.

    If they build with solid lumber and not engineered glue-lam then that’s a lot better but still more dangerous then steel or concrete from a firefighting perspective.

  • Hezzard

    Why the trees on top of a skyscraper. That is never going to happen….

  • Tom

    I’m sorry, but fire would be the least of my worries. 36 stories of wood and that much glass??? There is no wind in Sweden?? I will take my chances with steel and concrete any day.

  • FisVIs

    The walls, ceilings and window frames are made of wood but not the floors? That doesn’t make sense to me