The Wood Hotel opens in the 20-storey Sara Cultural Centre

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Today, The Wood Hotel opens its doors to Swedish Lapland's newest international hotel destination, designed to cater to the region's growing tourism. Housed in Sara Cultural Centre, designed by White Arkitekter, the hotel offers 205 modern rooms in Scandinavian design, a large congress venue, spa, restaurants, and a rooftop bar with spectacular panoramic views.

After struggling with declining population growth, Skellefteå is now growing in all directions, including upwards. At 75 metres high, Sara Cultural Centre has become the city's new landmark and it is in the high-rise tower that The Wood Hotel by Elite is housed.

The whole idea behind Sara Cultural Centre came from workshops with the citizens of Skellefteå on how to make the city more attractive and reverse the declining population growth. The goal for 2030 is to reach a population of 90,000, and the tourism industry and cultural offerings play a central role in this effort.

– Sara Cultural Centre's diverse programme supports the municipality's ambition to attract new residents, visitors and businesses while offering residents entirely new opportunities and a public living room. The opening of the hotel is the final touch to the project, says Robert Schmitz and Oskar Norelius, Lead Architects at White Arkitekter.

The hotel is built of prefabricated 3D modules in cross laminated timber stacked between two elevator shafts, also made of CLT. On the outside, the façade is covered with transparent glass to protect against the weather as well as to ventilate the heat between the glass surfaces when the sun is shining. The glazed façade also allows for a majestic view of the midnight sun and northern lights. 

För mer information:
Maria Gertell, Head of Public Relations, White Arkitekter
+46 70 588 65 00

Founded by Sidney White in 1951, White Arkitekter is Scandinavia’s leading architectural practice. We work with sustainable architecture, urban design, landscape, and interiors to create lasting value for current and future generations. We are an employee-owned collective of about 700 employees with a presence in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, UK, Germany, Canada, and East Africa. As architects, we have a responsibility to take action against climate change and by 2030, we aim for all our projects will be climate neutral. To that end, we have strengthened research and design skills that focus on timber technologies. Our Roadmap 2030 sets out White’s direction for how it will contribute to the transition required in society to achieve national and international climate goals, as well as our own. From relocating the Arctic city of Kiruna two miles east, to empowering women at Panzi Hospital, we put people, planet, and local economies at the forefront of design.

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