The competition, which aims to give the Swedish capital not only new housing, but also several iconic objects of modern architecture, is being held by the country's largest construction association HSB Stockholm. The competition is timed to coincide with the upcoming 100th anniversary of the company in 2023 - it is by this year that it is planned to implement several of the best projects, the selection of which has begun today.
The Test Project, developed by HSB Stockholm, provides participants with a wide field for creativity - in fact, the only requirements for the designed objects were their typology (this must be housing) and respect for the environment. By the Berg Bureau | C. F. Møller Architects responded to these wishes with a project for a 34-storey residential building, which is supposed to be built almost entirely of wood. The architects explain their choice in favor of wood by the fact that it is not only a traditional building material for Scandinavia, but also the most environmentally friendly, providing optimal comfort for a person. The authors of the project plan to ensure the fire safety of the future residential building through specially developed impregnation compositions.
It is assumed that only the foundation and the central structural core of the skyscraper, containing elevators and utilities, will be made of monolithic reinforced concrete, while all other structures, including floors, columns, internal and external walls, will be factory-made from hardwood. According to the authors of the project, the construction of such a building is much more economical than the construction of a traditional skyscraper made of glass, metal and concrete.
From the 3rd to the 20th floor, the architects plan to arrange four apartments: one with one bedroom, two with two and one with three. The upper 14 floors are solved differently: their area is gradually reduced so that the apartments located here have open landscaped terraces, and the skyscraper has acquired an expressive stepped silhouette. In addition to open terraces, each apartment in this building will receive a fully glazed loggia, which will become an important element of the skyscraper's energy saving system.
On the lower floors of the Berg complex | C. F. Møller Architects propose to place a cafe and a kindergarten, in the immediate vicinity there is a fitness club, a winter garden and convenient parking for bicycles of residents, and solar panels will be located on its roof, which will fully provide the wooden skyscraper with energy.