Anders Berensson Architects recently unveiled their proposal for a truly unique skyscraper in Stockholm. This isn't your usual building - the Trätoppen tower is named after the Swedish term for treetop, and it will be wrapped in a wooden facade with a pattern of numbers marking different floors. The new wooden skyscraper is expected to become the tallest building in the city center of Stockholm.
The skyscraper will be retracted six meters (20 feet) from the facade of the existing car park in order to preserve its famous structure, which was designed by Hans Asplund. The new 40-story high building will be built using cross-laminated timber (CLT), with 33 floors protruding above the car park. Residential units will occupy 32 floor, which two floors will operate as public terraces. Distributed across the seven floors of the car park will be shopping areas, restaurants and cafes.
Referencing the way car parks are navigated, the facade will feature numbers that show different floors. This logic will also be used on the inside. In addition to its symbolic role, the wooden panels on the facade will act as screens, regulating solar gain and keeping the interior cool.
The project aims to introduce new residential units to the city center and reduce car traffic. ” If we want to reduce the amount of cars in the city center of Stockholm and at the same time make space for more housing without building on green areas, then replacing car parks with housing, shops and restaurants feels obvious,” said the architects. “If the car park is as central located as the one on Regeringsgatan 47 it also make sense to build a high building that can fit a lot of people, shops and restaurants,” they added.