Swedish architectural company Anders Berensson Architects was recently contracted by the Stockholm Centre Party to come up with a design for a skyscraper that will replace the old car park in the city’s centre. In its response, the architecture firm came developed the Trätoppen (Tree Top in English) – a slender and wooden skyscraper stationed at the centre of the lot so as to leave the current car park facade intact.
The reason behind the re-purposing of the old car lot is to reduce on the number of cars that entre the city centre while at the same time preserving the urban space for more housing, which would otherwise encroach on green areas. The skyscraper height addresses the problem of urban density by creating more space vertically so as to give room for housing, shops and restaurants.
Trätoppen will be 40 storeys in height and will be built out of cross laminated timber (CBT). To maintain its original facade, the new skyscraper is designed so as to only occupy a portion of the interior, six metres off the car park walls. Out of the 33 floors that stand above the existing car park, 31 floors will be used for residential purposes and the remaining two floors will be public terraces. The seven floors in the existing car park will be mostly used for retail and restaurants.
The old car park known as Parkaden is a blue print of architect Hans Asplund and is a big characteristic landmark in the city centre. The most noticeable feature of the building is the facade with a number pattern indicating floor levels. The CLT facade of the new skyscraper will be an addition of the numerical pattern that was designed by Asplund. From an outside view, people will be able to identify the floors numbers by reading from the exterior that is made of wooden numbers. Anders Berenson finds this a crucial feature because the skyscraper will be the highest in the city centre of Stockholm.