Skelleftea is a moderately small city in Sweden, surrounded by forest. It is an industrial city known for its gold mining industry and the wooden architecture of the homes surrounding it. In 2016, Skelleftea became known for something else, as Sara Kulturhus, an award-winning cultural center designed by White Arkitekter, opened its doors to international acclaim. This property is an incredible mixed-use building that serves as the defining building of the region and a reminder of the enduring value of wood-based design.
Beyond being a cultural hub and town center, Sara kulturhus is also the site of The Wood Hotel by Elite Hotels. This is the town’s central hotel, offering 205 luxurious and modern hotel rooms, a large conference room that can accommodate up to 1,200 people, and a restaurant and a sky bar with a rooftop terrace. There will also be an incredible spa that is specially designed, that melds perfectly with the natural atmosphere fostered by the building’s wood design.
In the heart of Skelleftea sits a one-of-a-kind building that is the center of the town’s artistic, cultural, and tourism industry. It is a building that reflects the return to prominence of wood-based architecture, and the material the building is made from reflects the town’s history and location. As an entirely sustainable building, Sara kulturhus is an incredible example of the type of future-forward design that we should hopefully only see more of. With wood-based architecture and sustainability design on the rise, Sara kulturhus shows the promise and beauty this form holds.