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Skellefteå Kraft : New HQ Building

Contemporary Swedish Architecture – design by General Architecture

28 May 2008

Kraft Sweden – HQ

Design: General Architecture

Project currently under construction in Skellefteå in the northern part of Sweden.

Skellefteå Kraft headquarters Sweden

General Architecture’s design for a new headquarter for Skellefteå Kraft, Sweden’s fourth largest energy company, is now under construction. The twelve story building has a net floor area close to 9.000 m2, and will be entirely clad in copper cassettes. The new building is connected to the old head quarter that dates back to the nineteen fifties, from which it lends its layout modules. This module is then transformed it to a three dimensional grid that defines the structure of the foor plans and the facades.

One of the main issues during the design phase was to create an energy efficient building that is suited for the special climate of northern Sweden, with cold winters and the permanent sunshine in the summer. This is achieved by using a load bearing in situ concrete structure with good capacity for storing both heat and cold, keeping the building’s energy consumption at 80 kWh/m2/yr, well below the stipulated 120 kWh/m2/yr. The completion of the building is scheduled to late 2009.

Skellefteå Kraft headquarters – Architects

General Architecture is an architecture practice based in Stockholm, Sweden, founded in 2002 and currently employing 7 architects. The practise works mainly with large scale projects in urban planning, infrastructure and architecture, and has been awarded in several international architecture competitions.

Skellefteå Kraft headquarters building image / information from General Architecture 280508

Location: Skellefteå, Sweden

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