Forget concrete, the Kajstaden Tall Timber Building, in the Swedish city of Västerås, could be the future of construction.
The 8.5 storey timber tower was designed by CF Møller Architects, who chose cross-laminated timber for its lower carbon footprint. According to the studio, the material offers 550 tonnes of carbon dioxide savings when compared with concrete.
And it’s not just timber’s environmental credentials that set it apart. Each storey took only three days to complete, and the entire building can be unscrewed and taken apart, for re-use. CF Møller Architects describes the apartment block as ‘a new chapter in the history of construction’.
Residents of the plyscraper also benefit from the building’s eco-friendly ethos, enjoying access to a green rooftop and greenhouses. They can watch the sunset across the nearby harbour from their wood-lined balconies.