Woodlife Sweden in Türkiye

Several exhibitions will take place starting as of October 2021 presenting how Swedish architects and designers work innovatively with wood. A digital symposium with several side events will be organized in November to bring Turkish and Swedish counterparts together.
Wooden house in the forest

Woodlife Sweden will be exhibited at Müze Gazhane between 19 October – 30 November in Istanbul. The exhibition presents how architects and designers work innovatively with wood as a timeless and renewable material meeting with the latest technology.

In parallel with the exhibition, a Wood-Totem, working as a signage, designed by Nobon, H. Cenk Dereli, will be exhibited in front of The Consulate General of Sweden in Istanbul, celebrating wood as a circular material.

The exhibition will also be launched at CerModern between 28 October – 28 November in Ankara. The exhibition will be touring in different locations such as İzmir and Expo 2021 which will be held between 10 December 2021- 30 May 2022 in Hatay.

Sweden has a long tradition of using nature’s raw materials in the built environment. Perhaps not surprising as forests cover 70 percent of the country’s surface. Wood is part of all moments of life and contributes to people’s well-being. The use of wood is also deeply rooted in Swedish culture, having inspired many artists, writers and craftsmen through the centuries. 

Sweden and Türkiye both have common grounds as well as differentiating points in terms of using wood in the building sector. WOODLIFE is inviting stakeholders to inspire new dialogues and collaborations, the transferal  of knowledge and co-creation of innovative solutions in cooperation with Swedish and Turkish partners. The exhibition, symposium and side events will be showcasing the looming paradigm shift in the construction industry, where wood as one vital renewable building material plays a key role, aiming to meet the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


WOODLIFE SYMPOSIUM will be realised as a three-day digital event, bringing together different stakeholders from Türkiye and Sweden will, in addition to the exhibitions, take place at the Circle Space with a hybrid format between 9-11 November 2021 in Istanbul. A selection of WOODLIFE SWEDEN Exhibition will be open to visitors from 21 October to 12 November at The Circle.

The symposium will also be broadcasted simultaneously in Ankara CerModern, where side events will also be organized throughout November, by the Circle, AnkaraAks and the Swedish Embassy in Ankara, in collaboration with and with CerModern and METU ArchLabs: FabLab.

WOODLIFE Sweden in Türkiye is initiated by the Swedish Institute, The Consulate General of Sweden in Istanbul, Embassy of Sweden in Ankara in partnership with Architects Sweden, Swedish Wood, The Circle, Nobon, AnkaraAks, In-Between Design Platform and in collaboration with Turkish Timber Association, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Müze Gazhane, CerModern and METU ArchLabs: FabLab.

The exhibition WOODLIFE SWEDEN is produced by the Swedish Institute and Architects Sweden in collaboration with Swedish Wood, the Swedish Wood Award and the Swedish Forest Industries Federation in 2020.

* ‘Equal Spaces’ is a project about creative, smart and inclusive cities initiated by the Swedish Institute in Stockholm and the Consulate General of Sweden in Istanbul, continuing since 2018, through a transdisciplinary approach covering urban planning, architecture, design and other creative areas.