Gråalen, Norrtälje Harbour. C.F. Møller. Photo: Nikolaj Jakobsen

Gråalen, Norrtälje Harbour

Gråalen is a new neighbourhood with a focus on sustainability and inclusive architecture, based on the use of timber structure and facades.
 Gråalen, Norrtälje Harbour. C.F. Møller. Photo: Tomorrow AB


Slättö Förvaltning AB


Norrtälje, Sweden


30,000 m²




C.F. Møller Architects

Collaborators, other

Executive architect: Brunnberg & Forshed Arkitektkontor

In Norrtälje, an hour northeast of Stockholm, C.F. Møller Architects has designed the Gråalen neighbourhood, which is part of the development of Norrtälje harbour. The neighbourhood consists of around 140 homes spread amongst eight buildings, four of which have cross-laminated timber frames. The project includes a parking basement, a youth centre and adapted accommodation for people with disabilities. The neighbourhood is designed to welcome people and families at different stages of life, with a variety of lifestyles and backgrounds.

360 degrees sustainability

C.F. Møller Architects, Slättö Förvaltning and Norrtälje Municipality together support the decision to use timber as the main building material for the structure and facades. The decision is based on taking responsibility for the project's overall environmental impact and life cycle, which also includes production, operation and maintenance.

The neighbourhood has a varied design which becomes an extension and a modern interpretation of Norrtälje's historic centre, where there are many well-preserved older wooden houses.

The goal of the Gråalen residential district is to create inclusive architecture with beautiful details and vibrant public spaces, where people's well-being is at the core.

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