When the tourist office and the city museum in Ulricehamn, Sweden grew to large for their facilities the municipality asked Kjellgren Kaminsky Architects to design a new building combining the two programs. The building will be a passive house, making it the first museum in the world built with this technique.

The site for the new house is situated in a park next to lake Åsunden. It used to be a railway station before traffic was shut down in the 1980’s. The only remainder of this time is a 15m wide circular hole; the ruins of a dummy plate for locomotives.

The circular plan of the building both refers to the context of the site, maximizes the view for the neighboring apartments and is a good starting point for an energy efficient house. The first floor is public with a museum and tourist office, on the second floor there are offices for the staff. In the centre of the house there’s a workshop room with double roof height and skylights.

Ulricehamn is known for its beautiful wooden architecture, it is also the centre of a historical textile industrial area. We wanted to show this heritage in the building, therefore we developed a facade system with weaved wooden planks.

The project has been part of the “Design med omtanke”-concept, a working method introduced by the region of “Västra Götaland”. The concept helps both architects and builders to design more environmentally and user friendly buildings.

As a part of the environmentally friendly approach the house will be built as a passive house, making it the first museum in the world being built with this technique. No heating system will be used, instead the heat produced by the people and equipment already available in the building will be used for to cover almost all the heating. Part of the energy used for water and electrical equipment will be provided by solar cells installed on the roof.

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