Henning Larsen designs Gothenburg experience center for car maker Volvo
Henning Larsen has unveiled the design of the world of Volvo, a Swedish carmaker’s experience center that emphasizes Scandinavian landscape and architectural traditions. The project, currently under construction, features a circular timber structure that incorporates a modern approach to traditional building materials, while expressing the intimate relationship between openness and landscape. The venue is scheduled to be completed in the second half of 2023 and will be open to visitors in 2024.
Located in Gothenburg’s event district with a variety of museums, parks and entertainment venues, the project brings exhibitions, lectures, conferences, music, and food and shopping into one destination. This project is designed based on the concept of “Allemansrätten” in Sweden. This means that all citizens have a fundamental right to nature and are free to roam any land. In this way, the circular design allows people to experience the site, whether or not they visit an internal exhibition. The landscape design, featuring pine trees, moss and shrubs, recreates the Swedish forest environment.
With a deep connection to Scandinavia, from landscapes to architectural traditions, the World of Volvo has given us the opportunity to explore the deep relationship between architecture and the natural environment. -Søren Øllgaard, Design Director of Henning Larsen
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Structures built using laminated lumber and locally procured CLT are designed to reference canopy. The three “tree” trunks in the building include exhibition space, vertical circulation, and service functions, but the open space between the trees remains almost empty. The nice floor-to-ceiling façade creates a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor spaces.
Architecture is now in the midst of a timber renaissance, and new milestones in timber construction are being achieved at an astonishing pace. However, despite advances in structural development, aesthetic expression has not caught up. The World of Volvo is an exciting opportunity to push the boundaries and hopes to set new standards for many ways wood can be used in architecture-Henning Larsen’s lead design architect, Filip Francati.
- Main contractors: BRA Bygg
- Architect: Henning Larsen
- Landscape: Henning Larsen
- Interior design: Nordström Kelly Arkitekter AB and Henning Larsen
- Wood Structure: Engineering and Production by Wiehag GmbH
- Tree structure: internal cladding, and façade by Lindner Scandinavia AB
- Structural Engineering: Optima Engineering AB and BRATeknik
- Contractor landscape: BRA mark