Holiday home made with GreenCoat® steel nominated for highly recognized World Architecture Award (WAF) 2017

The House KD, a holiday home in Sweden featuring a GreenCoat® colour coated steel roof, has been shortlisted for the 2017 World Architecture Festival (WAF) Award in the category “Villa - Completed Buildings”.

Designed by architect Timo Karasalo, at GWSK Arkitekter in Stockholm, House KD is a year-round holiday home located on the island of Öland in Sweden. The WAF Award shortlisted house features design elements similar to traditional buildings on the island, but with modern and highly sustainable materials.

The Metallic Silver roof of the House KD is made from GreenCoat® colour coated steel, from SSAB. SSAB is a company recognized worldwide for producing one of the best steels in the world, and works closely with innovative architects interested in sustainability.

Currently, GreenCoat is the only product on the market using Swedish rapeseed oil in the coating instead of fossil based oils, making it the greenest steel for exterior building applications. It was chosen for the roof of House KD in order to create a maintenance free construction with high durability and a low environmental footprint. 

“The idea of a "modern barn” came up quite early in the sketching phase since the buildings in this area are almost exclusively built with sheet metal roofing,” explains architect Timo Karasalo. “In our daily work, our clients want us to choose materials that are both durable and environmentally friendly. When it comes to sheet metal work, GreenCoat meets both of these criteria. 

GreenCoat colour coated steel products are offered with a patented, Bio-based Technology (BT) coating that reduces a building’s environmental footprint, while also delivering extreme durability, resistance to corrosion and long colour retention. Furthermore, they provide building specifiers with a significantly lighter material compared to alternative solutions and have a very low temperature elongation for reduced buckling.

“This project is a story of letting signs in the local building tradition to inspire the design concept. It felt very good, especially with this project, to say to the farmers in the area that the surface coating containing Swedish rapeseed oil came from their own fields,” says Karasalo.

Other highly recognized projects featuring GreenCoat® steel include the Skýli design study by Utopia Architects, which is also shortlisted for a WAF 2017 Award in the category, “Leisure-led Development - Future Projects”. Furthermore, architect Henning Stummel’s “Tin House”, having the entire cladding made from GreenCoat® steel, was also a WAF Award finalist in 2016.

The winner of the 2017 WAF Awards will be announced at the World Architecture Festival taking place November 15-17 in Berlin, Germany.   

Photos:  House KD: Linus Flodin; Copyright: SSAB

-          Sustainable GreenCoat® colour coated steel was used in House KD, located on the island of Öland, Sweden.

-          House KD has been shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival 2017 Award in the category “Villa – Completed Buildings”. 

-          Timo Karasalo, GWSK Architects, Stockholm, chose to work with sustainable GreenCoat® colour coated steel for its durability and low impact on the environment.

-          WAF finalist award logo

For further information, please contact:
Anke Meyer, Corporate Marketing, SSAB, Phone: +49 1724244309,

SSAB is a Nordic and US-based steel company. SSAB offers value added products and services developed in close cooperation with its customers to create a stronger, lighter and more sustainable world. SSAB has employees in more than 50 countries. SSAB has production facilities in Sweden, Finland and the US. SSAB is listed on the Nasdaq OMX Nordic Exchange in Stockholm and has a secondary listing on the Nasdaq OMX in Helsinki.