Primo by name, Primo by nature thanks to Ruukki
On the road to Särö, 10 kilometres south of Gothenburg in Western Sweden, sits the tiny community of Hovås. Nestled at the village’s entrance is a striking mixed-use development called Primo. Finnish metal supplier Ruukki helped outfit this incredible building with custom-made solutions, in response to the developer’s needs.
“The building was never meant to be just an ordinary office block. Oskar Lindström, Project Manager at Next Step Group. “Primo’s owner, Next Step Group, wants to create buildings that provide space for architecture.”
The most noticeable aspect of Primo is its unique stylistic points. A series of rectangular volumes cantilever over one another, creating a multi-layered sense of dynamism. Mark Isitt, architecture critic at Swedish national newspaper Göteborgs-Posten, has heaped praise on Primo’s aesthetic, comparing it to buildings usually found in the star-studded Hollywood Hills of sunny California.
The façade, comprised of custom-made Cor-Ten® weathered steel cassettes supplied by Ruukki, certainly command attention. A unique patina of various shades of autumnal oranges are splashed across Primo’s exteriors. In time, thanks to Cor-Ten®’s manufacturing techniques and lack of pre-treated surfaces, the colours will turn to richer, darker hues as the façade ages naturally.
In addition to the Cor-Ten® cassettes, Ruukki provided the entire façade under the umbrella of its Forma system. The delivery included sandwich panels for exterior walls as well as load-bearing roof panels. Overall, Ruukki outfitted the Primo development with:
• 1,215 square metres of custom Cor-Ten® façade cassettes
• 2,020 square metres of sandwich panels
• 1,170 square metres of T130 load bearing roof panels
• Beams & accessories
Primo’s unique architecture posed some challenges for Ruukki during the development phase, hence the need for custom made solutions. Each cassette is its own position and size, resulting in the highly attractive, distinct patterns seen across Primo’s exteriors.
“We selected Ruukki as our supplier, as they were able to deliver the entire system and make it look good. We didn’t want a run of the mill facade,” says Oskar Lindström. “This was a unique project for everyone. I’m really pleased with the project; we got what we ordered. The building was completed ahead of schedule and the quality is first class.”
Ruukki, will be at MosBuild/WorldBuild Moscow 2017 at Expocentre Moscow on 4 – 7 April 2017, displaying their Cor-Ten® steel systems plus other world class metal construction products. To get hands on with the Finnish firm’s brilliant solutions, make sure you are in attendance at Russia’s biggest building and interiors trade show.
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