Värtahamnen, Silja Line’s ferry passenger terminal in Stockholm, has been awarded a commendation from the Swedish Institute of Steel Construction. Every other year, the Institute gives an award for a structure where steel has been used innovatively and in an architecturally interesting way in the load-bearing structure of a building, which has been completed in an environmentally sustainable way.
Ruukki designed and delivered the steel structures for the Värtähamnen terminal building. Ruukki’s delivery was record broad and also included the design, delivery and installation of concrete pillars, load-bearing concrete wall elements, load-bearing façade elements and hollow core slabs.
“This is a very prominent building and a good reference for Ruukki. More than 2 million people pass through the terminal each year and can see what we have created using steel,” said Värtahamnen project manager Peter Marins at Ruukki.
The jury based its decision to award a commendation to Värtahamnen on the grounds that steel gives the building a shape and drives activities in the building. The steel structures are visible, which required meticulous design and work. The steel supports the architecture.
The largest steel structures were manufactured at Ruukki’s plant in Ylivieska, Finland from where they were shipped to Stockholm in as large components as possible. This averted the need for on-site welding. A third of the structures were made at Ruukki’s Oborniki plant in Poland.
The main prize was awarded to Solar Egg, a sculptural sauna in Kiruna, northern Sweden.
Also Malmö Saluhall was awarded a commendation. Ruukki supplied the Cor-Ten façade cladding for the market hall.
The Värtahamnen terminal was opened in the summer of 2016 and has Miljöbyggnad Guld environmental certification awarded by the Sweden Green Building Council.