Woodland Sweden



18.04. – 31.12.2020

Location: Narva linnuse 7. korrus

Timber has traditionally been an important construction material in Sweden – a little red wooden cottage is part of Swedish national heritage. Contemporary wooden architecture offers a wide selection of buildings, from small private houses to large-scale constructions. The exhibition presents a selection of best examples of recent Swedish wooden architecture from dwellings to public buildings, designed by well-known offices such as Wingårdhs, Tham & Videgård, White Arkitekter, General Architecture, etc.

For 150 years it was prohibited to build high rise wooden buildings in Sweden because of the risk of fire. Also, the importance of wooden construction diminished during the 20th century due to the availability of new construction materials and methods. When the law changed in the early 1990s an explosion of creativity occurred. Today, some ten to fifteen per cent of all new apartment blocks are made of wood. And the figure increases year by year.

From an ecological perspective this is of course a measure that makes sense – timber is both a renewable and recyclable resource. Also, designing wooden buildings is a challenge to the architects because timber as material is not anymore considered as something outdated and with limited possibilities, but connected to innovation and sustainability. Vernacular architecture has been complemented by a more hi-tech approach and several local authorities are making their mark in wood. The exhibition introduces through selected examples exactly this diverse world of Swedish wooden architecture from the last years.

The exhibition is accompanied by a mini-seminar about Swedish and Estonian wooden architecture on 22.05.2019 at 6 p.m. More information HERE