Check out our sit-down interview with Oskar Norelius, an award-winning architect and partner at White, one of Scandinavia’s leading architecture firms. Oskar recently presented at the Green Buildings Festival and shares his views on mass timber including lessons learned in overseeing the development of the climate positive, 20-storey Sara Culture Centre in Sweden.
Oskar Norelius – architect, White Arkitekter
Oskar Norelius directs the international studio in the Stockholm office and is co-lead behind the recently inaugurated Sara Culture Centre in Skellefteå, a climate positive 20 storey mass timber. Oskar is frequently invited to international architecture competitions where high levels of sustainability and architecture is sought after. Oskar is currently co-lead for the Kimmel Quarter in Riga, including the transformation of a historic brewery into a cultural hub, and the new construction of 35.000 sqm offices in timber.
Sara Kulturhus is a 28.000sqm development combining a library, two art galleries, six theatre stages and concert halls with a 200 room hotel. The 20-storey building is designed with a structure of Glue and Cross laminated timber. The innovative construction technique paired with a complex content and a situation right at the centre of town is a true challenge and have made the building a showcase for sustainable construction globally. The building was named best architecture 2021 by The Guardian and received the International Award for Wood Architecture 2022, The Special Prize at the International Urban Design Awards and a Bronze medal at the Holcim Awards 2021.