Swedish architecture studio Wingårdhs crafted a beautiful eight-storey apartment block purely from wood. Dubbed "Strandparken", it is located in the Stockholm suburb of Sundbyberg, and is the first one of four buildings planned for the site. This unique architectural piece offers a cozy, affordable and sustainable place to live, and according to the architects, is "probably the tallest residential building in the world made entirely from wood".
Erected for property developer Folkhem, the Strandparken tower shelters 31 apartments among its 8 floors. It was designed to explore the potential of multi-occupancy housing while offering inhabitants a reasonably priced, yet pleasant, sustainable home. Its archetypal house shape takes inspiration from traditional Swedish timber houses and features a winter-proof pitched roof with gabled ends.
While the building’s exteriors are completely clad in small cedar shingles, its naturally lit interiors feature minimal wooden furniture and floors. The load-bearing frame is also made from local solid wood and because it’s so light, it had to be anchored to the foundation by metal rods. The building’s recyclable natural material not only makes for a dry and warm design, it also emits a delicious woodland scent throughout its interiors.
Photos by Tord-Rikard Söderström