The tallest building in Scandinavia

Karlatornet will be Gothenburg's first skyscraper with its 246 meters. The location on Lindholmen means that its silhouette will be visible both from the river and from the city centre. With its 74 floors, Karlatornet houses 611 apartments, hotel, offices and a sky bar. The construction of the tower is also the start of the new district Karlastaden.

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A lot has happened since we acquired the first property at Lindholmen in Gothenburg in 2004. See some of the milestones in the Karlatornet project throughout the years.

  • 2022
    • 2022.09.23

      Tallest building in Scandinavia

      Karlatornet has reached floor 60 and a height of 193, which means that the tower has passed Turning Torso and thus become the tallest building in Scandinavia

    • 2022.05.06

      Tallest building in Gothenburg

      Karlatornet has now reached a height of 146 meters and is thereby the tallest building in Gothenburg.

    • 2022.03.07

      Halfway to the top

      The construction of Karlatornet continues and we are now more than half way to the top.

  • 2021
    • 2021.02.25

      The steel nodes are lifted into place

      One of the most complex parts of the concrete work on Karlatornet.

  • 2020
    • 2020.12.17

      New partner

      Balder acquires 50 percent of the shares in Karlatornet AB and thus becomes our new partner in the project.

    • 2020.03.25

      Postponed sale

      As a result of the corona pandemic the sale of Karlatornet is postponed and we are minimizing the activity in the construction.

    • 2020.01.16

      Agreement with Oaktree

      We reach an agreement with Oaktree regarding the sale of 80 percent of Karlatornet.

  • 2019
    • 2019.11.20

      The first climb

      The climbing formwork that is used for the contruction of the core of Karlatornet begins to climb upwards.

    • 2019.05.25

      Casting of the ground concrete slab

      The casting of the ground concrete slab was done during 24 hours between May 24th and May 25th in 2019.

  • 2017
    • 2017.12.21

      The detailed development plan is accepted

      The detailed development plan for Karlastaden at Lindholmen in Gothenburg becomes legally binding.

  • 2016
    • 2016.06.05

      Sale of the apartments

      The first apartments in Karlatornet are for sale and interest is already high.

  • 2014
    • 2014.05.28

      The architectural competition is decided

      The architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill's contribution is selected as the winner among the five finalists in the architectural competition for Karlatornet.

  • 2007
    • 2007.02.03

      Karlastaden is presented

      For the first time, we present the plans for the new district of Karlastaden.

  • 2004
    • 2004.02.03

      First property acquisition at Lindholmen

      We make our first property acquisition at Lindholmen in Gothenburg, in the area which will later be called Karlastaden.


How tall is Karlatornet right now?


The central part of the tower, the core, is now on floor 74.


The facade is complete up to floor 68


The tower is 246,455 meters tall right now.

Right now

Karlatornet continues to grow by about one floor per week and we have now reached the part of the building where the tower twists. Simultaneously we continue to install the facade which now covers large parts of the tower.

Meet the architects

The architects

In 2014, the American architectural firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill won the architectural competition for Karlatornet with their contribution "Polstjärnan". Meet the architects behind the project.

Fun facts


The lifts in Karlatornet will reach a speed of about 30 km / h, which is approximately 5 times as fast as a normal lift.


Karlatornet will reach 246 meters up in the air, but to stand stable the building's bored piles also extend down to the bedrock about 70 meters below the earth's surface.


On the 69th floor there will be a sky bar with a lookout point that will be available for everyone to visit.

About the project

The tallest building in Scandinavia is now being built in Gothenburg. Karlatornet will be 246 meters high and a landmark that will be visible in much of the city. Ola Serneke, founder of Serneke, is himself the initiator of the project.


In 2004 the work with the project, which covers a land area of approximately 32,000 sqm, began. The area, called Karlastaden, will be a dense and vibrant mixed city and has an estimated turnover of approximately ten billion SEK over the next six to seven years.


"It is of course an honour that we at Serneke have the opportunity to be involved in developing a new unique district in central Gothenburg. We've been working on this for a long time now so it's very satisfying that we're up and running. The whole company feels enormous pride and confidence," says Ola Serneke.

Karlatornet is part of the district Karlastaden, which will consist of a total of eight blocks of housing, offices, trade and service. The intention is to create a well-integrated district that is sustainable in the ecological, economic and social sense and that lives 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The area


Karlatornet is growing in the new district of Karlastaden on the expansive Lindholmen. An attractive and central location in Gothenburg, beautifully located right next to the river. In Karlastaden, eight new blocks are being built with housing, offices, shops, hotels, restaurants, school and health center. Here, a new mixed city is created, full of life and movement.

Live in Karlastaden

In Karlatornet there are a total of 611 apartments of various sizes, ranging from efficient ones of 25 sqm to apartments with three floors and almost 400 sqm. Occupants will be able to start moving in during the second half of 2022.