« go back

A Working Lab - An award-winning example of sustainable construction

How do you combine a construction project with several innovation projects? The answer is with enthusiasm, patience and great commitment. Today, many call A Working Lab in Johanneberg for Sweden’s most intelligent building, and an intelligent building requires an intelligent ventilation solution.

In 2019, Akademiska Hus opened the doors to A Working Lab in Gothenburg, a building that they describe as an innovation arena and office building. The facade stands out from its surroundings with its bright red colour, and on the inside you notice that there is even more that makes it unique. When you enter the building, you immediately see one thing that sets it apart from any other: It’s built of wood.

Spread over seven floors there is a restaurant with the ambition of reducing food waste, offices, conference and meeting rooms, a co-working environment, Makerspace and their unique service offering Learning Lab (Read more about A Working Lab here).

“It is an open building where the majority is activity based; as well as being an innovation building where things are tested live. Among others, PCM technology to store cooling, electricity supply with a DC grid while moisture has been measured during the construction period. Research is conducted in the building on materials and the different technical solutions, both during the construction period and now during the administration phase,” says Olle Nyström, HVAC engineer at Akademiska Hus.

Together with Chalmers, RISE and ByggDialog as innovation partners and researchers, 16 different innovation projects have been carried out during the building process. You can read more on the Akademiska Hus website.

Download the full case study about a working lab here