Golden commercial building in harmony with its environment

Sep 09, 2019

Next to the motorway between Stockholm and Gothenburg, some 4 kilometres to the east of Eskilstuna, a new building will shortly be occupied. The golden colour and windows at the southern end of this commercial building set it apart.

The building was designed by architect Elin Pantzare and is owned by property investment company Frost - Fastighets&Markentrepenad. Construction work started in September 2018 and the premises were ready for use in May 2019.

The commercial building has a floor area of just under 1,000 square metres and is home to five companies and also contains a residential suite.  

According to Lukas Frost at Frost - Fastighets&Markentrepenad, tenants have been found for all the premises. A store, carpenter’s shop, towing company and garaging will shortly open on the ground floor, where there is also a residential suite that will be let as temporary accommodation. The second floor of the building will contain open space for office use.


Colour in line with natural surroundings

Ruukki supplied the sandwich panels used in the building walls. Architect Elin Pantzare chose gold as the colour, which she thinks has given the building an almost glossy appearance that is gentle on the eye.

“The colour of the building actually changes with the amount of sunlight. In autumn. I noticed that the building blends in with the colour of the natural surroundings, yellow grass and golden brown leaves are in harmony with the building. Even the gravel of the soil happens to be the same colour,” says Elin Pantzare.

The commercial building was constructed on the site of an earlier house outside the planning zone. The size of the plot limited the size of the building, which is on a human scale and does not conflict with the balance of the area. Nor did neighbours consider the newcomer to be a problem and there were no objections to building.


Construction efficiency reflected in the company’s wallet

The building offers superb facilities for small entrepreneurs for whom rent is a significant factor especially in the early stages of business.

“When building something new, the building must be price competitive, which naturally reflects in the rents charged. Our objective was to get the building completed to a tight schedule. Schedule, too, affects the price of a building and ultimately rents,” says Lukas Frost, with a view to the future of clients.

”Also the energy efficiency achieved with the panels impacts the costs of a building during its useful life,” he adds.

“Ruukki’s panels were chosen because of the environmental aspect. Energy efficiency was one of the main criteria of the building,” continues Elin Pantzare.

Ruukki Life energy panels increase the energy efficiency of a building and are made from recycled materials. The mineral wool used as the insulation material has been made almost entirely of recycled glass.

The golden colour and interestingly placed windows at the southern end of the building stick in the mind even though seeing the building from a rapidly passing car.

“The colour adds a kind of dignity and people pay attention to the building. We have received positive comments even now, before the building is really brought into use,” says a very pleased Elin Pantzare.

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