• Roseline Yamineth Magnus
  • Daniel Bisgaard Rasmussen
  • Martha Sofia Germano Marques
4. term, Architecture, Master (Master Programme)
This thesis explores the concept of building a timber skyscraper to address the challenge of the growing population in Helsingborg, particularly for students and people above sixty years old. The aim of the project is to create a landmark and node that provides a better infrastructure to the neighbourhood, creates a cultural gathering point and promotes social interaction between inhabitants.

The thesis discusses the potential of using timber construction instead of traditional materials for a skyscraper, reducing the environmental impact of construction and helping to promote the use of bio-based materials in building design. Using timber also has a close relation to the area, as Sweden is one of the biggest exports of timber and has a tradition of building in wood.

The emphasis on the structure and how it can frame the social aspects wanted for the project has been a design development tool for the construction of the skyscraper. A grid was introduced to comply with the different requirements of sizes for the public and private areas, by using multiples of the grid area of 15 x 15 m throughout the design.
This thesis’s research and design process involves a thorough analysis of the site and the target population, by desktop and phenomenological analysis including a site visit and workshop weeks.

This thesis aims to demonstrate the possibility of constructing a timber skyscraper in Helsingborg as a response to the increasing population demands. By combining a socially sustainable approach with an inviting and community-focused design, the project aspires to create a high-rise structure that not only addresses housing needs but also enhances the overall quality of life for residents and the surrounding area, by creating a combination of a node and a landmark, it both attracts and guide people through their daily flow, while also creating a hub of ideas and possibilities.
Publication date26 May 2023
Number of pages158
ID: 531532090