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Wooden skyscrapers around the world

18 | OCT | 2016

Get to know the history of some of the most emblematic buildings that are being built out there

In 2013, C.F. moller architects revealed plans to build a 34-storey wooden skyscraper in stockholm. Since then, a number of innovative projects have been released, some conceptual, while others are currently under construction.

 

In London

In april, proposed plans were revealed for an 80-storey, 300 meter high wooden building integrated within london’s barbican centre. The scheme was developed by researchers from Cambridge University alongside PLP architecture and engineers smith and wallwork. Their brief was to consider the future development of tall timber buildings in central London. If realized, the project could create over 1,000 new residential units.
“We believe people have a greater affinity for taller buildings in natural materials rather than steel and concrete towers" says Dr Michael Ramage, from Cambridge University.

 

In Amsterdam

Recently, a project in development in Amsterdam — at 21 floors — would become the highest wooden residential building in the world. It will include 55 apartments and a total gross floor area of approximately 14,500 square meters and is set to receive the BREEAM outstanding label — the highest possible sustainability score.

 

In Stockholm

Anders Berensson Architects was commissioned to design a skyscraper to replace an old car park in Stockholm’s city center. The proposed 40-storey scheme has been conceived using cross laminated timber, with a pattern of numbers applied to the structure’s distinctive façades. The cladding also has some practical benefits, serving as a sun screen that keeps the building cool and energy efficient.

 

In Vancouver

One of the tallest mass timber buildings in the world is currently under construction in Vancouver. The 18-storey student residence building will provide housing for over 400 occupants, as well as offering social and study amenity spaces. When completed in 2017 the building will stand at a total height of 53 meters.

 

Source: DesignBoom

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