Sandellsandberg building made with GreenCoat® steel wins Design-S award

The acclaimed “Fisksätra Folkets Hus” by Sandellsandberg architects in Stockholm, using sustainable GreenCoat® color coated steel from SSAB, won the prestigious Swedish Design Award, “Design-S 2020”, in the “Architecture” category. 

“Fisksätra Folkets Hus” is a recreation and community center that was recently constructed in the heart of Fisksätra, a small urban center located in Nacka (in Stockholm county). It is the initial phase of a large-scale renovation project for this area that is aimed at cultivating an atmosphere of social tolerance and environmental sustainability.

Influenced by the tents of Stockholm’s Hagaparken and the nomadic lifestyles, “Fisksätra Folkets Hus” is a unique, tent-shaped structure whose walls and roof were built with sustainable GreenCoat® color coated steel, in sinusoidal profiles and a warm Silver Fir Green color. The color was chosen because of its ability to complement the orange brick buildings of Fisksätra’s surrounding area. It also features a 20-meter skylight, triangular windows and a minimalistic, yet inviting interior. Overall, the structure was designed to have an appealing silhouette that could be seen by commuters.

Swedish starchitect, Thomas Sandell, of Sandellsandberg Arkitekter, chose GreenCoat Pro BT for its ability to create a distinct exterior appearance, as well as for its formability, easy installation, and UV and corrosion resistance.

We wanted a distinct, but playful expression and looked for a durable material that would be suitable for both the walls and roof,” said Thomas Sandell.

In addition, GreenCoat® color coated steel is known for its sustainability. “Since the building was meant to be provisional, it was important to use an environmentally friendly material that could be reused,” explained Thomas Sandell. “We think that GreenCoat® is at the forefront when it comes to premium building products that are sustainable and reduces the environmental footprint significantly.”

In addition to its high performance and aesthetics, most GreenCoat® products feature a bio-based coating that uses a substantial amount of Swedish rapeseed oil instead of fossil-based oils. This patented coating technology is currently the only one of its kind on the market.

For its approach to design and exterior cladding, ”Fisksätra Folkets Hus” won the Swedish Design award 2020.