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Swedish duo proposes wooden skyscaper for Stockholm

Designs for the world’s tallest wooden skyscraper have won a competition to propose a new landmark for Stockholm

The 34-floor structure was part of the triumphant entry by Swedish duo Berg|C.F Møller Architects with DinellJohansson to the contest run by developer HSB.

It features stabilising concrete cores but the structure, pillars, beams, window frames and ceilings would be made of wood.

The winning team saw off competition from Rosenbergs Arkitekter in partnership with Utopia Arkitekter, and Equator Stockholm with Mojang.

All three teams submitted designs for residential buildings at three different spots in Stockholm, with the winning practice chosen in a process involving the public and a star-studded jury.

The winning entry’s three projects all incorporated facilities such as supermarkets, cafés and fitness centres, as well as outdoor spaces.

Sustainability features include a bicycle and car pool operated by the housing association, and apartments with kitchen interiors designed for the separation of recyclables.

‘Our idea throughout the competition has been to create a complex of residents to accommodate a diversity of people, ranging from students and families with children to pensioners – a complex which creates ideal conditions for both busy modern lifestyles and community spirit,while also making it easy to live sustainably,’ said Mårten Leringe, managing director of Berg | C.F Møller.

The jury said: ‘Berg | C.F Møller and DinellJohansson have taken an innovative approach to the layout and function design of the apartments, as well as to the architectural design and spatial orientation of their buildings.

‘With visions on how different functions can be at service not only to the people living in the houses, but to the public as well, they’re creating a housing society ready to meet the future.’

HSB said it had not yet decided whether to build the wooden skyscraper or one of the other two designs by the winning team.

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