Top 4 Sustainable construction projects in Sweden

Climate Change is an urgent global problem. Sustainable construction is what we need to increase our chances in a fight against climate change. Nowadays, the construction industry and buildings maintenance contribute to one-third of all greenhouse gases. This is why the #9 and #11 are two of 17 Sustainable Development Goals that are supposed to bring us to a sustainable future. 

Source: Global Goals (link)

One of the approaches that Sweden is going to take to deal with climate crisis is to turn to environmentally friendly construction. Today, we will look at 4 of sustainable construction projects that are currently happening in Sweden. 

1. Norra Djurgårdsstaden or Royal Seaport in Stockholm

Country: Sweden

County: Stockholm

Municipality: Stockholm

Location: Östermalm

Type: Development Plans

Plan purpose: to create in Norra Djurgårdsstaden, one of Europe's most extensive urban development areas, 12,000 new homes and 35,000 jobs. Now 3000 homes are already created. 

Stockholm has been seen as a pioneer of sustainability for a long time. Hence, it is not surprising that the Stockholm Royal Seaport wants to become an international role model for green urban development. 

The project is supposed to solve the traditional urban planning issues with regard to Global Sustainability Goals. The new build area is expected to be both safe for the environment and technologically advanced.

The project is planned in a way that everyone has access to vital facilities such as recycling stations, public transport, parks and recreation areas. New region will have lower negative environmental impact compared to other areas and promote peaceful and inclusive lifestyles. 

Sounds like a win-win!

Source: online construction map -

2. Sara cultural house (Sara Kulturhus)  -  Climate Smart Building 

Source: White Arkitekter (link)

Country: Sweden

County: Västerbotten

Municipality: Skellefteå 

Project Type: Building Projects 

Companies involved: White Arkitekter, Martinsons, TK Botnia, Derome, HENT

Plan purpose: to create housing ventures for arts, performance and literature as well as a hotel.

Sweden is well-known for its Scandinavian wooden buildings. And today Sara cultural house takes this tradition to the next level. 80 meters high Sara Cultural Centre is going to be one of the world's tallest timber buildings.

Looks like the future of sustainable construction is already here. And here's why: 

  • All the timber used in the construction process is locally sourced which means fewer carbon-emissions footprint during transportation. 
  • Timber is an awesome material for sustainable construction. It is renewable and recyclable which decreases the negative impact on nature not only now but also in the future.
  • Using timber in the construction of high buildings is a new sustainable construction practice that will help Sweden in achieving its climate goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2045. 

The Sara cultural house is planning to be open in the autumn of 2021.

Source: online construction map -

3. Sege park

Now let us travel south and look at a new green project based in Malmö!

Source: online construction map -

Country: Sweden

County: Skåne

Municipality: Malmö

Location: Östra Fäladsgatan 46, 212 24 Malmö, Sweden

Type: Development Plans 

Companies involved: Kjellander Sjöberg Arkitektkontor

Status: Under construction

Start: 2016

Plan purpose: to showcase green and durable urban development and create climate-smart and affordable housing in Malmö with 800 new housing units.  

Sege Park´s sustainable development will provide access for residents to new affordable and technologically advanced housing. The project also aims to promote a sustainable lifestyle among residents because true sustainability can only be achieved if the environment encourages eco-friendly behaviour. The “Sharing” concept is incorporated in the design of the area so that residents will co-own and reuse various tools that will be available for everyone. No need to buy everything for yourself, just share!

Timber as a material will be used in this project as well. A wooden parking garage is part of the plan!

4. Ålidhem - new sustainable district in Umeå

Source: online construction map -

Country: Sweden

County: Västerbotten

Municipality: Umeå

Type: Development Plans

Plan purpose: renovate destroyed by fire Ålidhem district and create a sustainable township in the cold climate.

In 2008, the entire Ålidhem district was destroyed by fire. While planning the renovation, it was decided to build the biggest low-energy projects in Norrland.

The new Ålidhem shows that viable, low-energy building and management is possible in cold climates. The design of the area raises environmental awareness and sustainable behaviour across residents. The area facilitates the development of green habits by providing people with easy access to recycling units and resource-saving alternatives, such as low-energy LED lighting, dishwashers, washing machines, etcetera. 

Today this is called Sustainable Ålidhem. 

To sum it up, it is obvious that one of the main climate goals of Sweden today is to create an eco-friendly and convenient environment that will encourage its residents to be sustainable!

Great idea, isn't it?!

To discover what is being built in any city all around Sweden check out our construction map Here you can explore all planned, ongoing and finished construction projects. Stay up to date with the progression of projects you are most interested in!


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