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Sweden to Build World’s Largest Wooden City

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Sweden to Build World's Largest Wooden City
Harry Johnson
Written by Harry Johnson

Working with wood can reduce the climate impact of buildings by up to 50% while significantly decreasing construction time.

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Stockholm Wood City, the world’s largest urban construction project in wood, has been announced in Sweden. Set to commence in 2025, the first buildings are scheduled to be completed by 2027.

Encompassing an impressive area of over 60 acres, Stockholm Wood City will offer 7,000 office spaces and 2,000 homes in Sickla, located in the southern parts of the capital city of Stockholm.

The project will create a dynamic urban setting with a mix of workplaces, housing, restaurants, and shops.

Given that buildings contribute up to 40% of global CO2 emissions, the real estate industry plays a vital role in driving the shift towards sustainability, and this visionary project showcases the potential of renewable building materials.

Working with wood can reduce the climate impact of buildings by up to 50% while significantly decreasing construction time. Also being a renewable and locally sourced material, wood offers immense possibilities for sustainable urbanization and development.

Research studies indicate that wooden buildings enhance air quality, reduce stress, increase productivity, and store carbon dioxide over their lifespan.

Stockholm Wood City incorporates additional environmental benefits by addressing the shortage of workplaces south of Stockholm’s inner city, thus reducing commuting times.

The project focuses on self-produced, stored, and shared energy, aligning with Sweden’s national agenda on energy supply and efficiency.

Sweden Already Home to One of the Tallest Wood Buildings in the World

In an extraordinary addition to its architectural landscape, the northern city of Skellefteå unveiled Sara Cultural Center and The Wood Hotel in 2021, one of the tallest timber buildings in the world standing at over 260 feet tall. All the timber utilized was sourced locally, reducing the need for transportation, and minimizing its carbon footprint.

Throughout Sweden, an increasing number of high-rise structures are being constructed using wood, as part of the nation’s commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2045—an overarching climate goal.

However, while tall wooden buildings hold symbolic importance, it is the proliferation of wooden houses and structures that truly contributes to lower environmental and climate impacts.

Sweden’s Commitment to Sustainable Architecture

Sweden, known for its vast forests that cover approximately 70% of the country’s area, understands the importance of responsible forest management.

For every tree cut down, at least two new ones are planted, ensuring the continuous availability of materials for construction and other sustainable applications such as fuel, heat, fabric, and packaging.

Swedish architects embrace the timeless and renewable nature of wood, combining it with the latest technological advancements to create innovative structures that reduce construction time significantly.

The strength and lightness of wood enable vertical construction in existing urban environments, allowing for the expansion of buildings and the integration of timber-on-top infills and other inventive techniques.

About the author

Harry Johnson

Harry Johnson

Harry Johnson has been the assignment editor for eTurboNews for mroe than 20 years. He lives in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is originally from Europe. He enjoys writing and covering the news.

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