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COWI lays the foundations for the new urban area in Gothenburg on behalf of Serneke

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​Karlavagnsplatsen will be a dynamic urban area in Gothenburg, Sweden, which, among other things, will house the Nordic countries tallest building. COWI has been commissioned by Serneke to build the foundations and parking garage for Karlavagnsplatsen.

The aim for the site is to create a compact and attractive mixed-use district, with apartments, offices, shops, restaurants, a medical centre, school and more.

The entire development at Karlavagnsplatsen in Lindholmen, Gothenburg, will share an underground building containing a parking garage and installation space over at least two floors. In addition to the Nordic countries tallest building, the various blocks of buildings will consist of up to 32 floors, including Gothenburg’s second tallest building.

A landmark of 266 metres

In 2014, COWI, together with architects Entasis and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), were part of the winning team in the Karlavagnsplatsen design competition. The aim of the competition was to develop a city plan for an area consisting of a number of blocks containing high-rise buildings with a landmark that would be at least 200 metres high and, therefore, the Nordic countries tallest building. The tower is planned to be 266 metres tall and has been named Karlatornet (Karl’s Tower).


COWI lays the foundations

COWI has now been commissioned by Serneke to plan the programme phase for the foundations, basement and terrace/street joist structure for the area on two levels. The area of the basement on each level is close to 30,000 m2. The programme phase also includes designing structure and load stipulations for the platform and high-rise building elements above ground level.

“This is a complex and interesting project for which our expertise and long-standing, combined experience will be put to good work. It will also involve continued cooperation with members of the competition team, with Entasis as architect for the actual buildings and SOM as both architect and designer for Karlatornet,” comments Magnus Nilber, Vice President of COWI Structural Engineering in Gothenburg.

Håkan Adelwald, Senior Vice President, Buildings at COWI Sweden adds: “We are very pleased that Serneke has chosen COWI as a partner, with our combined expertise for this future Gothenburg landmark. We view Serneke as an excellent and visionary client, and we look forward to working together.”

Published 25.09.2015

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