Tham & Videgård Arkitekter is the latest to investigate the potential of tall wooden structures. Planned for a site in the former transport harbor of Loudden, which will soon be revived as a new urban area, the practice's mixed-use scheme proposes to integrate 240 apartments within a cluster of four wooden high-rise buildings that reach up to 20 stories.
“The buildings are constructed entirely in one material, Swedish solid wood, from the frame to the facade, finishes and windows,” says the architects. “Through consistent use of a renewable material like wood, the result is a sustainable, well insulated and robust house structure with good potential to perform well over time, and minimize the total energy consumption.”
Going beyond the project’s wooden structure, the proposal’s shape is designed to maximize solar angles, preserve views and provide direct sunlight to the north-facing quay promenade. Sedum plants cover the roof’s lower base to filer and harvest rainwater, while all four towers are fitted with solar cells.
Shared gardens and gathering spaces will also be integrated at the top of each tower.
Architects in ChargeMartin Videgård, Bolle Tham
Design TeamJonas Tjäder, Johannes Brattgård, Ryan McGaffney
PhotographsTham & Videgård Arkitekter
PhotographsCourtesy of Tham & Videgård Arkitekter