Wood has always been crucial to the function of Falu Mine, both structurally and for firewood, and of course also for buildings. When a new restaurant came to be built and linked up with the old one, many factors had to be taken into account. The main one was that Falu Mine is a World Heritage Site, as well as being classed as a historical and ancient monument. On top of this is Falun Municipality’s wood construction strategy.
“I wanted to create a contemporary wooden building that sits comfortably in the historical setting, by working with an exposed frame made entirely from cross laminated timber. The rhythmically positioned CLT panels punctuating the façade draw daylight inside and the threshold between outside and inside forms a covered outdoor space,” explains architect Hans Murman.
Internally, the vertical CLT panels that make up the frame also serve as dividers between the tables. The seating, also in CLT, is attractively attached directly to the structural frame. At one of the restaurant’s gable ends, a large window offers views of the huge open pit of Stora Stöten.