Exhibition “Woodland Sweden” mini-seminar on 22nd May at 6 p.m.

Skellefteå Cultural Centre. White Arkitekter. Illustration: Luxigon / White Arkitekter

In connection to the exhibition “Woodland Sweden”, the Museum of Estonian Architecture, Swedish Architects and the Embassy of Sweden in Tallinn are organising on 22nd May at 6 p.m. a mini-seminar where three Swedish and one Estonian architect are discussing questions of contemporary wooden architecture.

Invited speaks are:

  • Monika Pitura (Wingårdhs). One of the most well-known Swedish architecture offices has been for years involved with building in wood and is represented in the exhibition with several projects, e.g. the Naturum Laponia visitor centre in Lapland and Aula Medica, lecture hall complex in the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm.
  • Oskar Norelius (White Arkitekter). The largest architecture office in Scandinavia has recently designed the biggest wooden building in Northern Europe – the Skellefteå Cultural Centre and 19-storey hotel complex which should be completed in 2021.
  • Erik Persson (General Architecture). While this architecture office is represented in the exhibition with a small project, remodelling an old granary into a summerhouse in Arberga, currently the construction of Cederhusen project is starting – a large development of four wooden tower blocks with 234 apartments in Stockholm.
  • Sten Ader (SKAD Arhitektid). Architect Sten Ader has won the “Wooden Building of the Year” award twice (2009, 2014) and has thoroughly explored the issue of using of cross-laminated (CLT) in architecture.

The exhibition “Woodland Sweden” shown on the gallery of Rotermann Salt Storage presents a selection of best examples of recent Swedish wooden architecture: a wide selection of buildings from dwellings to public buildings, from small private houses to large-scale constructions. Timber has traditionally been an important construction material in Sweden – a little red wooden cottage is part of Swedish national heritage. Because timber is both a renewable and recyclable resource then from the viewpoint of sustainable architecture, timber as a material is not anymore considered as something outdated and with limited possibilities, but connected to innovation and eco-friendliness.

The mini-seminar and exhibition is supported by the Swedish Institute.

The exhibition “Woodland Sweden” will remain open until 9th June.

Additional info: Mait Väljas, mait@arhitektuurimuuseum.ee, tel (+372) 5161286