Oscar Skarne

Allan Skarne

The SKARNE Group originated in 1897 when Oscar Skarne started a contracting business in the Stockholm area.

By the 1940s the family business, under the name of Ohlsson & Skarne, had become a substantial construction company in the Stockholm area. During the 1950s and 60s as the industrialization of building was popularized in Europe, the company enjoyed a major national and international expansion.
Allan Skarne was a pioneer in this new form of building and at the forefront of developing new construction systems, which since have influenced and rationalized the building industry. These building techniques were patented, and throughout the years more than 250,000 apartment units have been developed with the Skarne building systems.

In 1967 Ohlsson & Skarne’s Swedish operation was acquired by Skanska Cementgjuteriet AB (Skanska),its international division remained within the Skarne family and has since been headquartered in Switzerland.
Internationally the system has been applied to more than 100,000 apartment units, with precast element plants outside of Sweden totaling a production capacity of approximately 10,000 units/year. The Skarne system has been used to build, as a licensor or with own building activities, in housing developments in Germany, Great-Britain, France, Spain, Italy, Norway, Finland, Africa, USA, Malaysia, Kuwait and Venezuela.

The latest and most innovative patented construction system that builds on more than five decades of development and accumulated know-how of industrialization is the “Skarne System Dynamic House”, which is being applied to some of the group’s own development projects.

Today the group’s own activities are primarily centering on traditional land development, real estate ownership and management in Europe.