About Karlatornet

The Karla Tower at Lindholmen, Gothenburg has created waves in the real estate industry for its innovative and sustainable design and not least because it is now the tallest building in the Nordics and the first part of the new district of Karla Town, which will consist of a total of eight blocks with housing, offices, trade and services.

The tower has installed a waste collection system from Envac to handle both residual and food waste, seamlessly integrated into the existing waste collection system in Lindholmen. In addition to its innovative waste system, Karla Tower is also a marvel of technology and design with its 246 meters and 74 floors. The building has a unique shape with a twisting waist and a facade of glass and concrete.

The first commissioning of the pneumatic waste collection system in Karla Tower took place in August 2023.

Envac’s smart waste collection system is a modern and efficient way of handling waste that eliminates the need for garbage cans and garbage trucks. Instead, the waste is collected through underground pipes to a central location, where it can be further sorted and recycled. The system aims to reduce the amount of waste going to landfills, minimize the number of garbage trucks on the road and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

The initiator of the construction of the tower is Ola Serneke, today the project is run by Serneke with Balder as co-owner. The tower was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

In addition to 4 condominium associations, Karla Tower will also house a skybar, library, offices, hotel, spa, terrace, cooling rooms and much more.

Read more about when Envac’s board visited the tower.

2 fractions

food waste and residual waste

74 floors

with residual waste inlets on every floor

230 m² saved space

for residual waste compared to using traditional containers

246 meters high

and with that, the tallest building in the Nordics

611 apartments

who gets the advantages of a smart waste collection system

Karla Tower is a great example of what can be achieved when
sustainability and innovation are combined in urban development projects.
Its win in the “World in Property Award” is well deserved,
and we look forward to seeing more projects like this in the future.

Karla Tower wins

Karla Tower sets a new standard for future buildings and is a shining example of what is possible when we embrace innovation and creativity.

Thanks to this and its innovative waste management, Karla Tower won the “World in Property Award” at the Fastighetsgala on February 7, 2024. This nationwide award recognizes companies or projects that have influenced the Swedish property market.

Read more about the award

Karla Town District

Karla Tower is part of the new Karla Town district in Lindholmen in Gothenburg. Here, restaurant streets, creative offices, two thousand new homes, hotels, exciting shops, cultural scenes, smooth service and much more are emerging. When the project is finished, approximately 2,000 apartments will have been added to Gothenburg’s new district.

The project with Karla Town began back in 2004 when Serneke made the first property acquisition here.

In addition to the Karla Tower, the first stage consists of several projects, including an underground garage, a media project and hotel and office properties.

Read more about Karla Town District


Our innovative waste collection system helps shape smart and sustainable cities. By reducing emissions and providing clean, green and hygienic waste collection for both residents and commercial operators, we want to improve the quality of life in the city.

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