Residents have started moving into C.F. Møller Architects
' recently completed Tall Timber Building, which at 8.5 storeys high is said to be the tallest timber building in Sweden.
C.F. Møller Architects have been focusing on timber construction in recent years due to the CO2 savings that they can deliver.
Not only does the production of timber produce a limited amount of emissions, but carbon is also retained within the frame of the building and the low weight of the material means fewer deliveries to site are required.
"Through research projects and our other timber projects we have focused on innovation and contributed towards developing ways of realising high-rise buildings made of timber," said Ola Jonsson, associate partner at C.F. Møller Architects. "Industrial timber technology also provides architects with better tools for designing beautiful houses that boast a high degree of detail."
Constructing the Tall Timber Building from wood is said to have saved around 550 tonnes (606 tons) of CO2 emissions compared to constructing it using concrete.
It is also said to have a more positive effect on the indoor climate and the inhabitants, with timber providing better air quality and acoustic qualities.
Located in Västerås, an hour from Stockholm, the residential building is situated in a waterside neighbourhood with ample green space.
All parts of the building, including its walls, beams, balconies, lifts and stairwells, are made of cross-laminated timber.
The use of mechanical joints and screws means the building can be disassembled at a later date if needs be and its components reused for other projects.