The exhibition ‘Woodland Sweden’ by the Swedish Institute and the Swedish architects association ‘Sveriges Arkitekter’, presents contemporary projects in timber architecture using different examples of building typologies, including schools, housing, and cultural institutions.
Growing awareness about the importance of sustainable building and the use of existing resources have given timber construction renewed relevance, not only in Sweden. The material impresses with its environmentally friendly properties and is easy to process and transport – making it ideal for prefabrication. This leads to significant reductions in building time and costs, while simplifying and expanding the design possibilities, not least by incorporating the latest digital technologies.
left: Naturum Laponia Naturum Laponia © Jann Lipka right: Aula Medica © Patrik Lindell
Building with wood has a centuries-old history in the forested country
of Sweden. For the inhabitants of woodland villages, fast-growing trees
provided an ideal building material. This gave rise to the traditional
wooden homes, often with red or yellow paintwork, which characterize the
Swedish landscape to this day. Sweden’s forests still hold large
reserves of wood as a raw material. The country’s building industry uses
this existing potential in particular for housing. Since 2009, the
central statistics office in Stockholm (SCB) has registered a steadily
growing share of timber buildings, especially in the category of
multifamily dwellings – and the trend continues.
visual material, and drawings, the exhibition presents a current
selection of exemplary projects, such as the Härbret Summer House in
Nannberga by General Architecture/Stockholm, the Timber House in
Roslagen by Gustav Appell Arkitekter/Stockholm, Villa N1 on the west
coast of Sweden by Jonas Lindvall Architecture & Design, Malmö, the
Unna Chair by Monika Förster Design Studio/Stockholm, a nursery school
in Telefonplan, Stockholm, by Tham & Videgård/Stockholm, the new
cultural center in Skellefteå by white arkitekter/Göteborg, and
Strandparken, an eight-floor residential building in Stockholm by
Wingårdhs/Stockholm, Göteborg, Malmö.
left: Villa N1 right: Timber House © Åke E.son Lindman
The exhibition is complemented by the winning works from the open
student competition ‘Rural Hub Network’, dedicated to timber
construction, which the Swedish Embassy in Germany announced together
with Aedes Architecture Forum in spring 2018. The prizewinners will be
present at the opening. The award ceremony will take place during the
exhibition opening event.
An exhibition in collaboration with the Swedish Embassy in Berlin.
exhibition is curated and produced by Architects Sweden for the Swedish
Institute. Exhibition design for the Berlin exhibition is made by
Tellus Nursery School © Åke E.son Lindman
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