Sara Cultural Centre on display at Archtober – New York’s Architecture and Design Month

Archtober is New York City’s annual festival of architecture activities, programs and exhibitions taking place during the month of October. On Monday October 24, Sara Cultural Centre will be presented during a talk on the theme Mass Timber Construction.

With its 20 stories, Sara Cultural Centre is not only the city of Skellefteå’s new landmark – it is also one of the world’s tallest wooden buildings that has attracted a lot of attention around the world for its sustainable design.

The talk will be held at the Center for Architecture and focus on how mass timber has emerged as one of the most sustainable solutions for building structures. Research on engineered timber has unleashed a world of previously unimagined design possibilities. Sara Cultural Centre is a proof of how it is possible to broaden the application of full timber construction and proves that timber is a viable solution for virtually any building type.

The talk is hosted by The Swedish Institute, Consulate General of Sweden in New York and Swedish Wood.

We are very excited to be a part of Archtobers official programme. It’s wonderful how well-received Swedish design and timber is in North America.
Robert Schmitz, lead architect, White Arkitekter

Speakers and panelists 

  • Robert Schmitz, Partner, White Arkitekter
  • Hana Kaseem, AIA, Principal, KPF
  • Nat Oppenheimer, PE, LEED AP, Senior Vice President, Silman
  • Nicole Spina, Assistant Vice President, NYC Economic Development Corporation
  • Monica von Schmalensee, Former CEO and Senior Advisor, White Arkitekter

Register to the event here.


Archtober began in 2003 when the American Institute of Architects New York (AIANY) opened the Center for Architecture and openhousenewyork (OHNY) opened the city to architecture aficionados, the general public, and visitors from around the world. For the next seven years, Architecture Week took place in the second week of October concluded with the Annual OHNY Weekend. In 2010, the Architecture & Design Film Festival hosted its first New York event the following week. These events inspired Architecture Week to grow into a month-long celebration, Archtober, which launched in 2011 and now includes a larger collective of local architecture and design organisations to further emphasise and promote the importance of architecture and design in New York City.

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