Delivered in September 2021, the Sara cultural center, in Switzerland, was one of the three projects proposed by the editorial staff of Trä, one of the five European magazines specializing in wood architecture, member of the jury for the International Prize for Wood Architecture awarded by the press. He came out a winner.
It is the most virtuous cultural center in the world. Winner of the 4th edition of the International Prize for Wood Architecture, it was designed by the White Arkitekter agency, which had one obsession in mind: to use local wood wherever possible. The result is an imposing ensemble that defies engineering with a 76-meter tower devoid of a concrete core, interior spaces with a strong character, and finally a carbon footprint precisely calculated by the agency, highlighting a work of neutralization particularly pushed.
It is therefore not by chance that this building was rewarded, because it meets today's needs in terms of architecture.
The cultural center is imposing by its size and the number of functions it houses. The massive use of wood is coupled with technical prowess, such as the ability to climb 76 meters without a concrete core. The precision with which the agency calculated the carbon footprint of the intervention, coupled with the use of short-cycle materials and contractors, makes it the model for European wood construction for years to come.