selgascano + urban design reveal ETFE-clad stockholm planning offices

selgascano + urban design reveal ETFE-clad stockholm planning offices

selgascano + urban design reveal ETFE-clad stockholm planning offices
all images courtesy of urban design AB / selgascano




spanish practice selgascano has teamed up with swedish studio urban design to plan an energy efficient building in stockholm. the proposal was awarded first place in an international competition, and, once complete, will host city planning and administrative offices. named ‘drivhus’ — a term that translates as ‘greenhouse’ — the design occupies a plot in stockholm’s söderstaden district, an area which is undergoing significant redevelopment. land arkitektur participated as the scheme’s landscape architects, while SWECO served as as structural engineers.

selgascano-drivhus-greenhouse-stockholm-city-planning-and-administrative-office-sweden-urban-design-designboom-02the design occupies a plot in stockholm’s söderstaden district




as well as providing a working environment for 1,800 employees, the building also serves as a democratic meeting space for civil servants, politicians and the public to discuss the city’s future development. the scheme seeks to set a precedent for large-scale structures, creating a humane environment with a natural park at its center. surrounded by housing, shopping, and cultural activities, this area of greenery continues across the building’s façades — growing beneath its ETFE skin and becoming an integral part of the energy and ventilation system. throughout the internal design, a range of plantation contributes in creating a stimulating working environment, while purifying the air. 

selgascano-drivhus-greenhouse-stockholm-city-planning-and-administrative-office-sweden-urban-design-designboom-02the scheme provides a working environment for 1,800 employees

selgascano-drivhus-greenhouse-stockholm-city-planning-and-administrative-office-sweden-urban-design-designboom-02the building serves as a democratic meeting space for civil servants, politicians, and the public

selgascano-drivhus-greenhouse-stockholm-city-planning-and-administrative-office-sweden-urban-design-designboom-02greenery continues across the building’s façades, growing beneath its ETFE skin

selgascano-drivhus-greenhouse-stockholm-city-planning-and-administrative-office-sweden-urban-design-designboom-02aerial view indicating the project’s location

selgascano-drivhus-greenhouse-stockholm-city-planning-and-administrative-office-sweden-urban-design-designboom-02site plan

selgascano-drivhus-greenhouse-stockholm-city-planning-and-administrative-office-sweden-urban-design-designboom-X1floor plan / level +1

selgascano-drivhus-greenhouse-stockholm-city-planning-and-administrative-office-sweden-urban-design-designboom-X2floor plan / level +3



selgascano-drivhus-greenhouse-stockholm-city-planning-and-administrative-office-sweden-urban-design-designboom-02the building is contained within an a polymer skin

  • City gardening, this is the future and i like this. i hope we have more like this also in my country switzerland in zürich!

    Daniel Zollinger
    Mar 07, 2016

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy


a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

designboom will always be there for you

milan, new york, beijing, tokyo,  since 1999