New cultural centre and library for Karlshamn, Sweden

Karlshamn Interior


BuroHappold and Schmidt Hammer Lassen have won an international design competition for a new culture centre and library in Karlshamn, Sweden.

The new state of the art cultural centre will include a range of facilities including a new library, education resources, teaching spaces, conference rooms, auditorium, workshops and administration areas, providing over 6,000m² of new indoor space.

BREEAM SWE Excellent rating proposed

The building has adopted sustainable and low energy design principals; it will use mixed mode ventilation techniques to optimise internal climate performance, combining natural and mechanical ventilation principals that are fully integrated with the architectural design. The system operates in three modes dependant on external conditions to deliver the lowest energy ventilation solution throughout the year. It is proposed that night ventilation will be adopted during summer months to purge heat from the building and pre-cool exposed thermal mass, giving it capacity to absorb heat gains during the day and therefore offsetting the requirement for mechanical cooling. Power generated from photovoltaic panels incorporated within the low level roof will be stored within battery units and redistributed within the building to provide power for the lighting systems. The facade design developed during the concept design process will optimise daylighting and thermal performance, whilst still providing a glare-free environment for centre staff and visitors.The architectural and engineering design will reflect the local natural environment through clever use of building materials which will include exposed concrete, timber, glass and textiles.

Rod Manson, regional director for the Nordic countries, commented “Karlshamn is another significant cultural project for BuroHappold in the Nordic region and demonstrates the client’s interest and enthusiasm to deliver sustainable and low energy buildings. We look forward to creating this new social and educational facility for the benefit of the local community and beyond”.

BuroHappold will be providing: Building services, structural engineering, specialist lighting, computational analysis, acoustics, and fire engineering

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