A dynamic meeting place for culture, entertainment and conferences

Sara Cultural Centre, Skellefteå

The cultural center "Sara Cultural Center" was completed in 2021. With its 20 floors, 205 hotel rooms and several auditoriums, it is one of the tallest wooden buildings in the world and the new landmark of northern Sweden, a dynamic meeting place for culture, entertainment and conferences.

White, a swedish architecture office, designed the building. The collaboration between Skellefteå Karft and ABB shows how the future cultural center in Skellefteå, Sweden, can become a lasting testament to engineering solutions that are both economical and environmentally friendly.


One of the goals is to create an environmentally friendly, sustainable and energy efficient building. Skellefteå Kraft, one of Sweden's largest energy producers, is one of the partners in the project and they initiated a collaboration with ABB, a technology leader in energy efficient and sustainable solutions for smart living.

“Together, Skellefteå Kraft and ABB want to make commercial buildings and factory buildings smart. We start by implementing our solutions in Skellefteå Culture Centre to show how smart we can build properties from an energy saving point of view and also to learn how to make smart buildings standard in Sweden,” says Mats Peterson, Local Marketing and Sales Manager ABB Electrification business in Sweden.

ABB ensures that new electrification technology was built into the centre and that the ABB AbilityTM Electrical Distribution Control System was used to visualize the energy flow in the building. The purpose was to identify how much energy the building uses and what the energy is used for (e.g. heating, ventilation and lightning) but also identify where energy comes from (e.g. district heating, distribution grid, battery or solar panel). ABB's application for optimizing energy flows, Optimax, will show how the cost of purchased energy for a building can be minimized. Optimax will also be able to use the building to lower power peaks in both the district heating network and in the distribution network and thus contribute to sustainable and smart solutions for the entire city.