Sweden’s largest reuse project nominated for an international design award

Our sustainable interior design in Selma Lagerlöf’s Center is among the nominees for one of the most prestigious awards in interior design; The SBID International Design Awards. A nomination that highlights the benefits of reuse.

Selma Lagerlöf’s Center, a civic building for culture, was inaugurated in September 2019. A large-scale landmark that shows the culture in its full glory, sustainably decorated with reused furniture and materials. As much as 92 per cent of the interior is reused. The building serves as the heart of the renewal of the Backa district in Gothenburg. Among contributions from 49 different countries, Selma Lagerlöf’s Center has been nominated in the category Public Space Design.


The project is nominated for its focused sustainability work. In Sweden, an interior design project has never before succeeded in achieving such a high level of reuse. An investment that has generated both climate benefits and wise cost savings.

We are so delighted that this particular project has been nominated! That our persistent work with sustainability and reuse gets attention, and hopefully inspires more people.
Annie Leonsson, Lead Interior Architect at White Arkitekter

– We have furnished with almost completely reused and redesigned furniture and materials. We have let the history follow into the new, which has resulted in an organic mixture of different colors, materials and shapes. The nomination is a proof that the industry is moving in the right direction, and that the sustainability perspective is becoming increasingly important when working with interior design, says Annie Leonsson.

The winners will be announced on October 23. The winner is appointed after a public vote in combination with the judges’ statement. Here you can see all the contributions in the Public Space Design category, and vote for your favourite.

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