Kungalv Town Hall, Sweden


In 2009 the then ”Nämndehuset” [Town Hall] in Kungälv was classed as a condemned building by the Swedish Work Environment Authority due to damp and mould. As a result, the municipality moved to premises in the Rollsbo industrial area. The aim with the interior design in the new town hall was to achieve a ’gold’ grade according to the Miljöbyggnad certification system, meaning both the interior design and working methods would be sustainable. With the move, a decision was also made to adopt an activity based working environment.


An important point to keep in mind when choosing an activity based working environment is not just that it is an interior design project but a change project where everyone has to be involved. One other significant element in the project was the choice, in combination with new products and solutions, to invest in sustainable reuse of existing products. ”Remake, taking old parts and using them in new products, is something we have worked with for a long time,” says Dan Hermansson, Key Account Manager at Kinnarps. ”And finally getting to do it on a large scale was a great experience.”


Kungälv Municipality’s new workplace is made up of various environments. As they are customised for different types of activities they provide flexibility and encourage movement in the staff working day. ”The change is incredible,” says Development Manager Gun Zetterberg. ”I have worked for Kungälv’s municipality for 33 years and the new way of working is extremely liberating. To be able to take more responsibility, think outside the box and in a digital way. We had a conscientious manager who spent a lot of time getting us to understand the concept and the reason for the change. This was of great benefit.” By recycling and converting the old into new, the municipality has been able to both reduce climate impact and make immense savings.

Project Facts

CLIENT: Kungälv Town Hall, six floors 12,000 m2.


FUNCTIONS: Interior design solutions spread over six floors for 500 employees. An activity based working environment consisting of workplaces, silent rooms, meeting rooms and different creative and informal discussion zones.

COOPERATING PARTNERS: Mattias Carlsson, property manager Kungälv Municipality; Carl-Johan Lindfors & Birgitta Tengberg, Lindfors Arkitektkontor; Dan Hermansson, Key Account Manager Kinnarps; Max Östman, Bo Aspsjö and Henrik Nyberg, Kinnarps Interior.

INTERIOR DESIGN: Includes the Series[T] desk, Series[E] storage units, Multicom meeting tables from Kinnarps, products and interiors from Materia and Skandiform, as well as supplementary product brands from Kinnarps Interior.

REMAKE: Old products are given new functionality and lease of life through Remake. Existing underframes and motors used in height-adjustable desks were reused and the desks were given new tops. Meeting tables were also fitted with new tops and many task chairs got new armrests.