The newly built Tureberg church in Sweden honors life and nature through an impressive assortment of green building strategies. Paying respect to the lives of future generations, the architecture and interior design includes a green sedum roof, district heating as well as an altar and organ facade made from scrap wood.
The sustainably built Tureberg Church in Sollentuna (outside Stockholm), Sweden stresses the importance of living a green lifestyle. The vicar Anders Roos explains: “The world’s resources aren’t infinite and we must be economic with the gifts God has donated.”
The project was designed by Swedish Tallius Myhrman, and Helena Tallius Myhrman served as the project manager. Myhrman sought to create an ambitious project on a site where people go about their normal lives in different ways – the project is set next to one of Stockholm’s biggest shopping malls, with over 130 shops and 1,500 parking spaces.
Both the materials and building style were carefully considered to stress the importance of a green and sustainable lifestyle that respects the resources on planet Earth. The architects have aimed to ‘give back’ the space that the church claims to nature, by giving it a roof made of sedum plants that is green all year round. The roof offers many advantages, such as absorbing greenhouse gases, creating a quiet surface, and isolating the building from heat and cold. The walls were molded in concrete on-site to create a long-lasting design that is (very close to) maintenance-free and has a minimal impact on the environment. The building is calculated to have a lifetime of 100 years.
The main materials used in the construction of the church are white concrete and glass. The aesthetic is site-specific and consists of two shapes placed on top of each other, with convex and concave exterior facades. The volumes are open inside, giving the church a dome-like shaped room.
All of the interior design, such as furniture and other installations, are made from scrap wood and recycled glass and plastic. The architect explained that he sought to give old things new contexts, which is a beautiful thing in the mass consumption-focused world we live in. The altar, ambo and organ facade are all made from found material by the Swedish design duo Goodspeed. The designers, who let the material reign over the creative process, spent very little time planning each piece and turned the actual making of the interior into a performance that was open to the public. The creation of the interior took only a few hours, and they worked without sketches.
Finn Ahlberg says: “The main idea is to use free or very cheap materials. We take something ugly and turn it into something beautiful.” The chairs are made of recycled PET bottles, by Alexander Lervik for the contract furniture producer Swedese. The mobile benches are made of actual PET bottles and all glass objects such as the alter cross and font basin are made from recycled monitor displays.
Photos by Åke Eson and Mikael Kiesbyes