Swedish Wood Award 50 years
Modern wood construction plays a key role in making it possible for Sweden to reach the goal of becoming fossil-free by 2045, while at the same time meeting the needs of new housing and development. In recent years, there has been a major breakthrough in the use of wood construction for apartment buildings, bridges and halls.
The Swedish Wood Award, which turned 50 years old in 2017, is one of Sweden's largest architectural awards. Every four years, it is given to a building that represents good Swedish architecture in wood, and which reflects the times we live in. It also highlights the advantages wood offers in terms of reduced climate impact and architectural possibilities.
On this page you will find video clips celebrating some of the buildings in the long history of the Swedish Wood Award.
Nominated in 2012
Copperhill, a ski hotel in Åre
Located high up on a hillside, Copperhill Mountain Lodge is a ski hotel with views that go on and on. The large building’s glulam structural frame has been kept exposed indoors to create a warm and inviting atmosphere.
Nominated in 2004
Studios at the Nordic Watercolour Museum
These studios sit at the water’s edge in Skärhamn, close to Gothenburg in Sweden, an idyllic spot in the Bohuslän archipelago. They show great respect for the site and were nominated for the Swedish Wood Award in 2004.
Nominated in 2016
Emils Backe floats amongst the treetops
A remarkable building supported on stilts so that it floats in the tree canopy. Emils Backe is a project that combines a serious approach to ecology and sustainability with bold and exciting architecture.
Nominated in 2008
Flyinge Riding School, nominated in 2008
Nominated for the Swedish Wood Award in 2008, Flyinge Riding School is a fine example of how a large hangar-like structure can be erected in a historically sensitive setting and still add something to the landscape. The indoor arena, which is almost entirely made from wood, showcases innovative architecture influenced by local building traditions. Architect: AIX Arkitekter AB.
Nominated in 2004
Strömstad holiday home
A dream summer residence. This holiday home, located in the north of Bohuslän, has a carefully considered composition that sits comfortably in relation to the rocks, views and natural landscape. Wouldn’t you agree?