As more and more designers, builders and homeowners are going for safe, energy efficient housing that can perform under tough weather conditions, there are stronger reasons than ever to build with wood.

In Sweden, a wooden frame is the most frequently used system for single family houses. It is also common for single family houses to be built using prefabricated components. The construction method allows major variations in the design of the houses, conforming to national and local building traditions while permitting architectural freedom. The ease of modification is an important feature for buyers of both new homes and existing homes. It allows them to economically alter their houses to suit changing needs.

The fact that wooden constructions is easy on the environment is something that is appreciated by a modern family in pursuit of a sustainable lifestyle. Wood products take less energy to manufacture, affect the environment less than other materials – and, in the case of Sweden, comes from forests that are abundant and increasing in size. In conclusion: wood sells houses. In addition to the shelter, warmth and safety provided by the wood structure, buyers recognize and appreciate the aesthetic value of wood for exposed applications like cabinetry, flooring, furniture and moldings.


Strandparken in Sundbyberg is Sweden’s, at the moment, highest residential building. Even the elevator shaft is made from CLT. Designed by Wingårdhs.

Photo Åke E:son Lindman

Photo Åke E:son Lindman

Photo Åke E:son Lindman

Photo Åke E:son Lindman


Frostaliden in Skövde is currently under construction. The two eight storey buildings will be constructed out of CLT with elevator shafts in concrete. By White architects and Fristad Bygg.

Photo Bert Leandersson

Render White Architects


Limnologen, the Swedish precedent-setting residental area. Four volumes with eight storeys has set the standard for “The Modern Wooden City”. By Arkitektbolaget and Martinsons.

Photo Åke E:son Lindman

Photo Åke E:son Lindman


Skagershuset in Stockholm has redefined how wooden buildings can be carefully detailed. By OWC Architects.

Photo Åke E:son Lindman

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