“Finally here! After years of planning we have started our projects here in Västervik. Coming summer six more shelters and hide-outs will be designed and built along local trails and on beautiful, natural spots”

Martin Björklund, Arknat


From Västervik, Tjustbygdens sparbank reached out to Arknat and invited us. During 3 occations in summers of 2023 and 2024 students in achitecture and engineering will design and build 9 unique places in nature along local trails around Västervik.
Scroll down to learn more about the shelters being made… 


ARKNAT Västervik is a collaboration between many different partners who all support Arknat in best possible and personal way.

Some sponsor us with essential building material and tools like Cramo Västervik,
XL-BYGG-Materialmännen, Essve
and SETRA providing the wood.
With active expertise from Sweco architects and engineers the students get guidance in design methods and wood dimension tools so their concepts come to life and will last. The local savings bank Tjustbygdens sparbank supports us  and with their investment in Arknat we can creating new places in nature for public use.
We can also continue give future architects and engineers a hands on building experience, very valueable in their coming careers. 
As you see there are many partners involved. Thanks to them Arknat can be Arknat and our visions becomes reality.


“We did not just build a shelter – we built friendship”

Elena Cucchi, participant 2023


The shelters are placed along  Tjustleden and Loftaleden.  Click on each construction below for more information and link to Google Maps and how to get there.

Everyone involved who built the shelters would be super-happy if you tagged your visit #arknat

2023: Skönja, Ticka, Ark