Culturally Inviting – Fisksätra Folkets Hus
In Fisksätra, a small, multicultural urban center in Nacka (located in Sweden’s Stockholm County), a large-scale development project was launched. This project aims to give Fisksätra an urban makeover that will draw upon its culturally diverse charm to create an atmosphere of community and social acceptance, while also embracing environmental sustainability. In May 2020, the initial phase of this project was completed with the construction of Fisksätra’s Folkets Hus (Community Center).
Designed by Swedish starchitect, Thomas Sandell, from sandellsandberg arkitekter, this building lies in the heart of Fisksätra and will serve as a community and recreation center for its residents. It offers a variety of activities; from public meetings and theater performances to dance and cooking classes.
Drawing inspiration from both nomadic lifestyles and the tents of Hagaparken (located north of Stockholm), Thomas wanted to create a unique structure that was defined by a distinct and playful expression and a hint of culture. In addition, he sought to create a structure with an appealing silhouette that would compel those seeing it from afar to come and visit Fisksätra.
Thomas Sandell chose GreenCoat® color coated steel in sinusoidal profiles, which gave the walls and roof a uniform volume and a unique appearance. Its main features consist of a 20-meter skylight, along with triangular windows that complements CULTURALLY INVITING the building’s interior volume, thereby creating a bright and inviting indoor environment. The minimalistic approach to the building’s interior subtly contrasts with the building’s exterior. Fisksätra Folkets Hus’s distinct exterior appearance was achieved by utilizing GreenCoat Pro BT in a warm Silver Fir Green color, which complements the orange brick buildings of Fisksätra and its surroundings.
Thomas Sandell selected GreenCoat® because of its durability and material flexibility to create distinct shapes for both roofs and walls. The sustainability of GreenCoat® color coated steels also played an important role in his choice.
Since Fisksätra Folkets Hus is meant to be provisional on the site, GreenCoat® color coated steel was chosen for its 100% recyclability and re-use options.
GreenCoat® is widely renowned for both high performance and sustainability in architecture. Most GreenCoat® products feature a bio-based coating which uses a substantial portion of Swedish rapeseed oil instead of fossil oil and is unique on the market. This patented solution by SSAB reduces the environmental footprint significantly.