Stockholm Wood City – a project of the largest wooden city in the world

The Swedish company Atrium Ljungberg said that the project will open the world's first "five-minute city".

Stockholm Wood City opens the newest way of urban development and becomes a pioneer of future urbanism. The project will mark a significant step in Sweden's commitment to innovation and sustainable practices.  

The city will stretch over 250,000 square meters, making it the most famous wooden construction project anywhere in the world.

The new district will feature 7,000 office spaces and 2,000 homes with jobs, housing, restaurants and shops.

In a release published by Atrium Ljungberg, it is specified that the "Stockholm Wood City" project will begin in 2025 - this will be the foundation for the first structure, the construction of which will be completed in 2027.

"We are proud to present Stockholm Wood City. This is not only an important step for us as a company, but also a historic milestone for Sweden's innovation potential," says Annika Ones, CEO of Atrium Ljungberg.

"Stockholm Wood City will demonstrate our future. There is a high demand from tenants for innovative solutions – a demand that we are meeting with this initiative," continues Ones.

Atrium Ljungberg specializes in the development of suburbs ‒ "where people want to be both today and tomorrow." That is where Sweden grows; in Stockholm, Uppsala, Malmo and Gothenburg.

Atrium Ljungberg strongly insists on the use of wooden structures because recent studies have shown that they "provide better air quality, reduce stress, increase productivity and retain carbon dioxide throughout their lifetime".

Although wood construction is developing, it is still mostly limited to individual structures or blocks. According to Andrew Waugh, architects should move away from imagining structures only made of concrete, and develop a unique approach to wood design.

In an interview earlier this year, Waugh emphasized the importance of considering how timber buildings will be positioned and how individual components will connect them, rather than focusing solely on height and form.

"Traditional criteria such as building height may not fully reflect the potential of wood as a building material," he said.

"Maybe we need to measure success in terms of 'hygge'?" It could be about how comfortable and happy you feel in that space.”

Hygge is a Scandinavian concept that emphasizes coziness and comfortable enjoyment of harmonious coexistence and a sense of well-being.

"Our industry has an important role to play, and it's important for us to achieve positive change in both the short and long term," Ones said.

According to Atrium Ljungberg, the project will focus on self-generation, storage and sharing of energy. It will invest in resource-saving construction methods and a zero-waste product cycle.

The world's largest wooden city is also poised to balance commuting, making it easier and faster by reducing emissions from transport.

The project will be a "five-minute city," meaning that anywhere you need to go - work, grocery stores, or school - will be just a five-minute walk away.

As Ones concluded: "We want to create an environment where our customers, those who will live and work here, can participate in the development and design of the urban district of the future."

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