White Arkitekter has been announced as the winners of an international design competition for a hotel and cultural center in the city of Skellefteå, Sweden. Selected from over 55 entries from ten countries, the winning proposal "Sida vid sida" (Side-by-side) calls for a 19-story timber structure containing a concert hall, museum, art gallery, city library and a four-star hotel. The new building will be the tallest wood-framed building in the Nordic region. Referencing the region’s rich history of timber architecture, the 24,940 square meter building will be constructed of a glue-laminated timber frame, strengthened with steel trusses and enclosed with a glass envelope, allowing the structure to be seen from the street. Spaces have been designed for maximum flexibility, featuring retractable walls that expand or divide rooms to serve a range of functions.
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