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Case Study: Kista Science Tower, Stockholm

Case Study: Kista Science Tower, Stockholm


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Case Study: Kista Science Tower, Stockholm


Rising 158 meters, the Kista Science Tower is the landmark of Sweden's Silicon Valley and
is the tallest office building in Sweden. With its transparent glass facades exposing the
steel structure and triangular layout, it visualises boldness and belief in the future for the
leading edge of research. It was completed in 2004.
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Completed building showing the transparent façade and lightness of the structure

Contents
1. The Achievement 2

2. Steel - Solution 2
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1. The Achievement
‰ A building complex with a total floor area of 42 000 m2 of high quality office space in six
buildings, all with triangular lay-out. The Kista Science Tower, 158 meters tall with 32
storeys, is the landmark of Sweden’s Silicon Valley, Kista.
‰ Large open spaces overlooking northern Stockholm.
‰ Double glass façades with integrated ventilation and sun protection.
‰ The steel structure is clearly visible through the transparent façades.
‰ Slim floor system for the floors using precast concrete slabs.
‰ Long span steel trusses create open space.
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Figure 1.1 Typical office floor

2. Steel - Solution
The thought of a landmark building in Kista near Stockholm was part of the original planning
of the district in the 1960’s, but it was not until the 1990’s that this became a reality, when
Kista had become one of the world's leading IT hubs. The client required a building that
achieved “a contribution to the townscape and a sign of boldness and belief in the future for
the leading edge of research”. The idiom of Kista Science Tower with its glass façades and
visible steel structure reflects the dynamics and transparency of the new economy. The
chosen solution also fulfils the important requirement of providing maximum flexibility for
the office space.
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When subject to wind loading, the triangular shape of the building results in torsional forces
that are larger than for a building with a rectangular plan. Using steel trusses integrated in the
two shorter sides of the triangular lay-out and a concrete core acting compositely for overall
stability, it was possible to achieve both transparent façades and flexible office space. The
structure is in the form of steel trusses, a concrete core, two internal composite columns, and
also composite columns along the hypotenuse of the plan form.
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The steel trusses are made from rolled H-sections and the composite columns from Circular
Hollow Sections (CHS). A slim floor solution is used for the floors, which comprise
integrated ‘top hat’ HSQ-beams and pre-cast concrete planks with a concrete topping. This
system achieves composite action between the core and the steel trusses in the façades
required to resist the wind loads. The construction system is shown in Figure 2.1.

In the case of Kista Science Tower, steel has allowed the architect to design a cost-effective
building that fulfils the requirements in the building programme, as well as being a
transparent landmark with high quality flexible office to the client's satisfaction.
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Figure 2.1 Kista Science Tower during construction. (Photo: Lars Hamrebjörk)

PROJECT TEAM

NCC Fastigheter and Vasakronan via


Client:
Kista Science Tower KB
Architect: White Arkitekter
General Contractor: NCC Construction Sweden
Steel Contractor: PPTH Solutions Oy
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Structural Engineer: WSP Sverige AB


Fire Engineer: Brandskyddslaget AB

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