Sweden’s tallest timber building is open for business
March 12, 2020 - Stockholm
CF Møller Architects has revealed photos of the Kajstaden Tall Timber Building, which has recently completed in the city of Västerås and is Sweden's tallest timber building.
The 8.5-storey-high apartment block has a structure built entirely with cross-laminated timber, and secured with mechanical screws that ensure it can be taken apart and reused.
CF Møller Architects chose to use cross-laminated timber for the scheme as it is renewable, recyclable and has a lower carbon footprint than other traditional building materials like concrete.
Wooden buildings are also believed to improve wellbeing of occupants when in use.
Inside, Kajstaden Tall Timber Building has four flats on each floor that range from one to five rooms in size.
In a bid to maximise views and natural light, all the living rooms are positioned to look out over the harbour.
It is distinguished by its boxy form and staggered roof, created by double height apartments on the eighth storey. Each storey was constructed in just three days.
The building is wrapped by dark timber cladding made of stained thermowood – a type of Scandinavian softwood timber that has been heat treated for higher weather resistance.
These pigmented panels are contrasted with light, natural wood panels that line elements of the tower's interiors, and each of the individual balconies.
Kajstaden Tall Timber Building is complete with green roofs and greenhouses, which Jonsson said forms part of the building's "holistic sustainable and bio-circular concept".