Overlapping diagonals

Kotten in Kungälv, Sweden by Tengbom

2013 SAW THE recreation centre at Fontinberget burn down. The area is popular with walkers and residents in and around Kungälv, and the little building provided a place for them to rest and enjoy a coffee. The task of creating a new centre for the outdoorsy Kungälv residents fell to Tengbom’s Gothenburg office, with Christer Ödmark as the lead architect.

The new building was given the name “Kotten” (Pine cone) – appropriately enough considering the oval shape and the overlapping diagonal wooden panels. These are made from Organowood – pine timber impregnated with various minerals, including silicon, in a process that resembles fossilisation. The sedum roof does a great job of making the 600 square metre “Kotten” merge in among the pines along the shore of Svarte Mosse lake. The interior features untreated birch plywood panels with a rotary-cut surface.«

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