Kronan, Örebro Watertower

Örebro’s new water tower is conceived not simply as a mundane technical facility but also serves as a landmark motif for a new part of the city. The elevated location makes the tower visible from a great distance and the distinctive form is easily recognisable. A cylindrical, timber-clad drum is topped with a circular, perforate “crown” which tapers towards the sky as it cantilevers over the base. The crown floats above a sedum roof, and is formed from timber battens supported from a mesh of tension wires. The character of the building will shift over time with the movement of shadows and with the weathering of the larch cladding. The structure is further transformed and animated after dark by lighting.