KARLATORNET

The tallest building in Scandinavia

Karlatornet will be Gothenburg's first skyscraper with its 245 metres. The location on Lindholmen means that its silhouette will be visible both from the river and from the city centre. With its 73 floors, Karlatornet houses 594 apartments, hotel, offices and a sky bar. The construction of the tower is also the start of the new district Karlastaden.

Tornet

See the first episode of Tornet – the series where you get to follow the rise of the tallest building in Scandinavia. In the first episode, Ola Serneke, the initiator of the entire project, talks about the background to the project. You also get to meet construction manager Sebastian Reismer who explains how to actually build a Karlatorn.

Episode 1: Prologue

 

Timeline

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.

  • 2020
    • 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.

Facts

30

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

245

Karlatornet will reach 245 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.

69

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

Right now

The tower continues to grow in height and 18 windshields have now been installed. At the same time, the ground work for the 15-storey podium building that will be built next to Karlatornet is underway.

Meet 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.

About the project

The tallest building in Scandinavia is now being built in Gothenburg. Karlatornet will be 245 meters high and a landmark that will be visible in much of the city. Ola Serneke, CEO and 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.

In January 2020, we announced that Oaktree Capital Management will acquire 80 percent of Karlatornet and become a new partner. We remain partner and continue as prime contractor for the construction of the project.

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

Karlastaden

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 594 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.