Following its Quayside challenge, Henning Larsen Architects continues its enthusiastic use of sustainable timber building methods with a brand new expertise heart designed for automaker Volvo. Named World of Volvo, the constructing will take the type of three tree-trunk-like constructions embedded right into a closely landscaped plot.
World of Volvo might be positioned in Gothenburg, Sweden, and can measure 22,000 sq m (roughly 236,000 sq ft). It will host a essential exhibition space detailing the historical past of the Volvo Group and Volvo Cars, and can embrace a group of immaculate traditional automobiles, exhibition areas, a bar, restaurant, convention heart and a workspace.
The timber tree-trunk-like constructions that may type the primary physique of the constructing might be wrapped in a curved glazed facade, guaranteeing most daylight inside and offering a detailed reference to the landscaped plot. Indeed, the overarching thought is to embrace Swedish nature, as proven within the remarkably sensible renders offered.
“World of Volvo is designed around the Swedish concept of ‘Allemansrätten,’ denoting the fundamental right that all citizens share to nature: the right to roam freely on any land (public or private), showing consideration for nature and for others,” defined Henning Larsen Architects. “This tenet has become not just a right, but a central part of the Swedish ethos and one that lives in citizens, businesses, and organizations alike – Volvo included.
“The massive panorama that surrounds the constructing brings the character of Sweden to the middle of Gothenburg, masking the realm in delicate flowers and native vegetation that bloom between, rocky outcroppings and meandering paths. And similar to within the landscapes throughout the nation, guests are inspired to inhabit the panorama nevertheless they like, retaining in thoughts the precept of Allemansrätten: depart no hint.”
World of Volvo might be largely constructed utilizing glued laminated timber (glulam) sections, which might be joined collectively by metallic connectors, plus cross-laminated timber (CLT) might be used to create the ground slabs.
The challenge is already underway and the primary glulam beam has been put into place. The huge 35 m (114 ft) beam required two cranes to place accurately and needed to be carried out at nighttime, in order that elements of the road might be closed with minimal disruption.
World of Volvo is predicted to be accomplished in late 2023 and can open to guests in 2024. The challenge is slated for the LEED Gold inexperienced constructing customary.