• Skellefteå kraft—An in-situ concrete structure clad in copper and birch.

  • Headquarters for Skekraft
    The local power production company Skellefteå Kraft decided after an invited architectural competition to build new headquarters adjacent to their existing office building in the northern Swedish town of Skellefteå.

    Tectonics
    The strong structure and the articulated tectonic of the new building is based on an overall three dimensional order and relates to a classical rational tradition. The aim has been to create a building that enables its users to appropriate it and at the same time strengthen the common identity. The building is composed as a single plastic volume, which within the grid system corresponds to the urban context. The exterior of the building can be seen as a fabric of copper, folded around the shifting volume to give it a solid and coherent appearance. The deep windows create a striking relief that describes the structural system of the perimeter walls. The construction is also visible on the inside as exposed concrete that contrasts with the well-crafted wooden birch window frames and other interior details.

    Structure
    The interior organisation is based on the notion of the building as a city. A central atrium, the open staircase and the cafés work as public spaces within the building, connected by wide corridors. This open structure enables multiple ways of appropriating the space. The uniform character of the interior further encourages the individual expression in the forms of furniture and decoration within a strong functional frame. The interior space is characterized by light and intimacy. The facades, that appear massive from the outside, are perforated by deep window niches that moderate the low Nordic light, almost like a traditional Swedish glass veranda.

    Sustainable design
    The materials used are raw and robust. Re-occurring typical solutions have enabled thorough studies of elements such as window framings, copper cassettes and concrete elements from both structural and tectonic viewpoints. This has led to a combination of craftsmanship and rational methods in the production and hence a very high precision in the execution.

    Total Area: 9 570 sqm

    Skellefteå Kraft

    City—Skellefteå
    Country—Sweden
    Programme—Headquarters
    Client—Skellefteå Kraft
    Completed—2010