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Kiruna City Hall in Northern Sweden by Henning Larsen Architects

Kiruna City Hall in Northern Sweden by Henning Larsen Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The sustainability concept for the new city hall in Kiruna takes its starting point in Henning Larsen Architects' method, ‘Design with Knowledge’. The method is about reducing and optimising a building's energy consumption as early in the design process as possible.

The project's daylight strategy is linked to the circular facade and ribbon windows. The material and design of the windows ensure daylight reflects into the offices located along the outer facade. At the atrium, the white surfaces of the roof structure and the bright surfaces of the building's interior ensure optimum daylight conditions.

The materials list for the project describes the goals of reducing the environmental impact while at the same time ensuring good working conditions during and after construction.

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Tree Hotel in Harads: a reflection of the natural surroundings

Tree Hotel in Harads: a reflection of the natural surroundings | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

A tree hotel in the far north of Sweden, near the small village of Harads, close to the polar circle. A shelter up in the trees; a lightweight aluminium structure hung around a tree trunk, a 4x4x4 meters box clad in mirrored glass. The exterior reflects the surroundings and the sky, creating a camouflaged refuge. The interior is all made of plywood and the windows give a 360 degree view of the surroundings.

The construction also alludes to how man relates to nature, how we use high tech materials and products when exploring remote places in harsh climates (Gore-tex, Kevlar, composite materials, light weight tents etc). The functions included provides for a living for two people; a double bed, a small bath room, a living room and a roof terrace...

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Eight Green Roofs in one Project in Sweden: Arlevagen

Eight Green Roofs in one Project in Sweden: Arlevagen | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Architecture company Helhetshus developed a project entitled Arlevagen in Gothenburg, Sweden, consisting of eight similar houses. The landscape surrounding the buildings is defined by giant oak trees and the beautiful lake Sävelången, which partially determined the orientation of each dwelling: “By using the existing conditions of the site and placing the houses halfway over the edge of the hillside; each house got a nice view towards the lake and at the same time it created more space on the sunny side of the plot towards southwest. The boomerang-shaped building leaves an open space towards the street and a more secluded garden space south of the building witch is maximised by placing the buildings as far north as possible on each plot”. Half of each building’s weight is supported by pillars, leaving the ground beneath almost untouched. Green roofs ensure insulation, while adding a great aesthetic factor...

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Living Within Nature: A Contemporary Farm House in Sweden

Living Within Nature: A Contemporary Farm House in Sweden | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This house on the west coast of Sweden is a family retreat and is a contemporary interpretation of the vernacular Swedish farmhouse, while living in close contact with nature.


The house is clad with untreated wood on the outside that will turn grey over time. The inside of the house is more delicate. The large living room / kitchen can be opened up with large sliding glazed doors so the inside becomes part of the outside.

It's considered a "'super-normal" house that is both modern and traditional at the same time.


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Three Homes Take Advantage of Environment, Site + Terrain in Sweden

Three Homes Take Advantage of Environment, Site + Terrain in Sweden | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Waldemarson Berglund Arkitekter designed three identical houses situated on a steep slope in the mountainous north of Sweden.

Defined by wood and having a minimum impact on the environment, the residences were especially developed for recreational purposes. The layout of the houses is a consequense of the building regulations and a response to the topography of the site. The great scenery and the mountains across the ─╣re lake can be enjoyed trough the piercing windows.

Here is more from the official architects’ description: “A connection axis extents along the building’s long side, divided in four generously-sized sets of stairs. This space allows a view of the whole house from the entrance to the opposite end. Height difference between the highest and lowest point is 31 stairs, as in any other 1 ½ story house with two staircases. The difference, though, is that these buildings have 5 individual levels. The upper floors shelter the hall, two bedrooms, bathroom and sauna, and the two bottom levels accommodate the kitchen and the living room, with a terrace facing south“.

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