The Nominated for the Swedish Timber Prize 2016

Swedish Wood will be announcing the 12th Swedish Timber Prize, in Sweden entitled “Träpriset”, architecture award on 9 March 2016. The jury has considered the 139 entries that were submitted by the deadline in January 2015. The competition is open to any type of structure, as long as wood forms a significant part of the design. It has to be fully completed, no more than four years old and available for the Swedish Timber Prize jury to visit.

The entries have been judged for the way they broadly meet the requirements of good architecture. The focus is on the actual site and the way the building relates to its surroundings and context. The Swedish Timber Prize jury has also considered materials and details, and how various functions have been resolved. Plus the use of wood, of course!

- The quality of the materials and construction techniques has moved on quite considerably, as has interest among architects and private individuals. Changes are quite slow to occur in the construction industry, but looking back we can see that a great deal has happened since the award was first established in 1967, says Per Bergkvist of Swedish Wood, who has been responsible for Swedish Timber Prize since 1992.

Since the Swedish Timber Prize was first launched, a wide variety of buildings have won the award. The Tomtebo forest sauna outside Gävle won the award in 2012 and was designed by Meter Arkitektur in collaboration with their clients the Seitola-Gunnarssons. Before that, in 2008, Swedish Timber Prize went to the housing development Östra Kvarnskogen in Sollentuna, designed by Brunnberg and Forshed Arkitektkontor on behalf of Folkhem.

The winner of Swedish Timber Prize 2016 will be presented on 9 March 2016 in Stockholm, when the 12th award winner will receive the Swedish Timber Prize statue and the prize of SEK 100,000. All the nominated entries will also be presented in the book “Architecture in wood - The 2016 Swedish Timber Prize” and in a touring exhibition.

The Nominated

Emils Backe, single family house, Smedstorp, Trosa  
Fritidshus Kyrkesund, weekend cottage, Kyrkesund, Tjörn  
Ljungdalen, weekend cottage, Brännan, Ljungdalen, Härjedalen  
Mölle By The Sea, single family house, Mölle, Höganäs  
Naturum Tåkern, visitor centre, Glänås, Väderstad
Råå Förskola, preschool, Råå, Helsingborg  
Skagershuset, multi-family building, Årsta, Stockholm  
Strandparken, Hus B, multi-family building, Sundbyberg  
Trätornen i Nationalstadsparken, venting tower, Nationalstadsparken, Stockholm  
Villa Eder-Hederus, single family house (extension), Kummelnäs, Nacka 

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