“We’ve all been reminded that we live in challenging times, with external circumstances affecting our lives and our future. We feel it’s more important than ever to inspire sustainable wood construction and keep our focus on the bigger picture. Despite the current upheavals, we must continue to think sustainably,” says architect Alexander Nyberg, who is responsible for the Wood Award Gala at Swedish Wood.
When the coronavirus pandemic hit, Swedish Wood decided to change its approach. Celebrating Swedish architecture in wood remained important, and the winner of the Swedish Wood Award 2020 still had to be announced. Instead of serving up pomp and ceremony for a limited audience at the venue, entertainment and the full gala experience will now be streamed live to everyone.
“It’s wonderful that we finally get to reward and recognise the exciting projects linked with this year’s Swedish Wood Award,” comments Carmen Izquierdo, chair of the Award jury.
About the Swedish Wood Award
The Swedish Wood Award – one of Sweden’s most prestigious prizes for architecture – is presented every four years to a new work in Sweden that demonstrates outstanding architectural qualities. The work may be a building, bridge or other structure where wood has been used to excellent effect, embracing the possibilities of the material while also reflecting and advancing Sweden’s architectural tradition.
The Swedish Wood Award 2020 received a total of 130 competitors. Of these, the jury has visited 40 buildings and 12 of them have been nominated. The winner will be announced at the Wood Award Gala on 2 December, which will be streamed live online, and as mentioned also possible to follow in English. Sign up here.