Sculptural Wooden Crown Proposed for Göteborg Skyline

A 15-story timber-concrete hybrid, mixed-use building with numerous resource-conscious initiatives is set to join the Göteborg skyline. Image © Tomorrow AB
A 15-story timber-concrete hybrid, mixed-use building with numerous resource-conscious initiatives is set to join the Göteborg skyline. Image © Tomorrow AB
04 May 2020 Göteborg, Sweden

Danish architecture studio Dorte Mandrup together with Bisgaard Landscape and Rambøll have won an international competition to design a new mixed-use project on the Banks of Gothenburg's Riverfront in Sweden.

Described as "a sculptural wooden crown", the 37,500-square-meter building, raised on an open, transparent base, will contain offices, apartments, and a variety of cultural activities.

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The team's proposal is based on an ambition of climate neutrality, timber, upcycling, and biodiversity which are set as key elements in design. 

Named Kromet, in a project review for the competition, the project was described as "the contribution that best met the overall assessment criteria and wishes in the program for the parallel assignment carried out for the Kromet block in the Lilla Bommen area."

The competition was arranged by Vasakronan AB in collaboration with the City of Gothenburg and the Swedish Architects. The process started in the fall of 2019. A total of 43 applications were submitted.

Dorte Mandrup together with Bisgaard Landscape and Rambøll were selected among four architectural teams, including Helen & Hard / BSK, Funkia, and ELU; Henning Larsen, Kanozi, Mandaworks and Sweco; and Sunnerö, Urbio, and Cowi. 

"I am proud that we have managed to bring a sculptural quality into the large volume and create a sustainable construction that allows flexibility over time," Founder and Creative Director, Dorte Mandrup.

"Vasakronan's high ambitions have made it possible to challenge conventions and create a future-proof building, that at the same time holds a high architectural value," Mandrup added.

Dorte Mandrup, Bisgaard Landscape and Rambøll add sculptural wooden crown to Sweden's skyline

Through its transparent base, the plinth dynamically connects the different levels of the surrounding urban spacesthe quay, the street, and the bridge.

On the street level, there will be a mix of niche shops, co-working spaces, a bike repair shop, restaurants, and other amenities. Paths and streets go both through and around the building, making sure that the public connections are not blocked even when the building is closed at night.

On top of the base, the team designs a distinctive wooden crown. The crown will house offices, and a mix of condos, rental apartments, student housing, and co-living apartments. All over the wooden façade are balconiespockets with integrated plant boxes that function as semi-private, lush outdoor spaces for the residents of Kromet. 

Different Swedish trees, shrubs, and grasses match the different micro-climates occurring between the floors due to the height of the building. Collected rainwater and beehives on the roof are integrated into the lifecycle and contribute to biodiversity.

Concrete from the existing building is crushed on-site and reused in the new building's base, while recycled glass is given new life as a terrazzo coating on the concrete surface. 

The remaining building is constructed in wood, with columns and beams made of glue-laminated timber (glulam), and floors and walls of cross-laminated timber (CLT). This makes it possible to use prefabricated elements, creating a flexible building where spaces and functions can be changed over time.

For more on this story, go to World Architecture News. 

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