C.F. Møller Architects have completed the Tall Timber Building, which during its construction, became Sweden’s tallest solid wooden building in the new district of Kajstaden at Lake Mälaren in Västerås. With the entire building including the walls, joists and balconies as well as the lift and stairwell shafts being made from cross-laminated timber (CLT), the project has become a landmark for the area and a benchmark for a sustainable future.
Kajstaden is a central residential neighborhood near the water in the Öster Mälarstrand area of Västerås. The new neighborhood is designed as a city block and is a natural extension of Västerås city center. The area includes Mälarparken and Notuddsparken, which link together to form a cohesive green area. The neighborhood has a generous view of Lake Mälaren and is located directly adjacent to the square and the quayside promenade.
Timber construction means sustainability, at least according to C.F. Møller Architects. In recent years, the Scandinavian-based architectural company has focused on the use of timber in construction, as this can create huge carbon dioxide savings. Buildings made of timber also have a positive effect on the indoor climate and the people living in the buildings. This is something to be welcomed by the first residents who are now starting to move into Sweden’s tallest solid-timber building.
Sweden’s tallest timber building
The building is situated in the Kajstaden district of Västerås, an hour’s drive from Stockholm, with beautiful views of Lake Mälaren. Kajstaden Tower is 9 storeys high, with an elevated ground floor and a double height top floor. All parts of the building including walls, beams, balconies, lifts and stairwells, are made of CLT. The building was developed in close collaboration with Martinsons, Bjerking and Consto AB, with Slättö Förvaltning as the client.
“The building in Kajstaden constitutes a new chapter in the history of construction, as it is currently Sweden’s tallest solid-timber building. Through research projects and our other timber projects we have focused on innovation and contributed towards developing ways of realizing high-rise buildings made of timber. Industrial timber technology also provides architects with better tools for designing beautiful houses that boast a high degree of detail,” said Ola Jonsson, Associate Partner at C.F. Møller Architects.