Replacing a former administration center that was non-accessible, Wingårdhs develops a prefabricated, low-impact solution that reflects its garden surroundings.
The heart of Stockholm’s Sundbyberg Cemetery is full of life. It’s not what you’d expect from such a place, yet it’s what project architect and
It started when the administrative staff of Sundbyberg needed more space to expand:
“We were asked to do something low-key and to make a small impact on the site,” says Wingårdhs—not an easy feat when your project site is small in scale and at the center of a cemetery. With glass and wood being the most common materials in Sweden, and needing to reduce construction disturbances on the sensitive site, the team opted for a cross-laminated and
“Having constructed multiple wood-finished buildings (left to natural greying, and in one case, charcoaled), we decided that a cemetery was not the right place for decay,” says Wingårdhs. “Glass is a very permanent material, and given the windows, a natural choice in a minimal palette.”
“It was key that the building should look tidy, timeless, and undecayed. It is simple and dignified.”
That palette—that bold, emerald tone—was intended to serve as a complementary approach to the surrounding gardens. “We usually try to get iron-free glass in order to not ‘stain’ the impression of the wood behind it,” says Wingårdhs. “This time, we accepted the iron and instead worked with the impurity. This led to the search of a deep multi-layered surface.” The green glass reflects the surrounding vegetation, integrating the building into the garden spaces framed by the cemetery’s hedges.
The building, which will be unveiled on May 16, is surprisingly calm in nature, despite its jeweled hue. “It was key that the building should look tidy, timeless, and undecayed,” says Wingårdhs. “It is simple and dignified.”