The fully-fledged concrete and steel days are over, and in the place of grey, somber skyscrapers we’re seeing a new generation of sunny timber towers.
This construction material is incredibly versatile, light and strong- not to mention beautiful- and has excellent thermal and load bearing properties.
Let's take a look at 5 of the tallest timber buildings in the world, renowned for their dazzling heights and sustainable power.
“This construction material is incredibly versatile”
1. Forte Living
Kicking off our tallest timber buildings list and standing at 32.3 meters high, is Forte Living, Australia's first timber tower. It was actually the world's tallest cross-laminated timber building when it was built in 2012. Designed and built by UK developers Lendlease, the tower was built with timber which was sourced from sustainable forests. Built using cross-laminated timber, this innovative building design is really pioneering green construction in Australia! During the construction phase, C02 emissions were reduced by 1,400 tonnes.
“The tower was built with timber which was sourced from sustainable forests”
2. The Cube
Next up on our list is The Cube which stands at 33 meters high, and is one half of a twin set of towers situated in London's East End. Designed by British architecture practice Hawkins/Brown the building has an innovative design which features cross-laminated timber with steel reinforcements. The timber frame on this building embodies 50% less C02 and also locks in a mighty 2,600 tonnes of the gas. The 10-storey residential tower was the tallest timber building in the world when it was first built in 2015.
“The timber frame on this building embodies 50% less C02”
3. Dalston Lane
Dalston Lane is a 33 meter, 10-storey timber development which is one of the largest cross-laminated timber buildings constructed so far. Designed by British architect Waugh Thisleton, the entire building is made out of timber- and we mean everything from the floors to the stairs and the core walls.
Fun fact: The building weighs just one-fifth of the weight of its concrete equivalent, and on an eco-friendly note, during the construction phase, the number of deliveries to the site were reduced by a whopping 80%!
Taking timber heights even higher is The Tree, a 49-meter timber structure in the Norwegian city of Bergen. The Trees’ developer, the Bergen and Omegn Building Society have said that using timber to build this tower represents an important step towards reducing global warming. During the construction phase of The Tree, more than 21,000 metrics of carbon dioxide emissions were avoided. The building is held up with structural glulam timber columns, while the floor and walls were formed using cross-laminated timber. The Tree was completed in 2015, and sits on the historic Bergen waterfront.
“During the construction phase of The Tree, more than 21,000 metrics of carbon dioxide emissions were avoided"
Towering sky high above the rest of the competition at 53 meters high is the Tall Wood Residence, a fabulous timber tower which was built in the summer of 2017. Situated in Vancouver at the University of British Columbia, it is the tallest timber building constructed to date. The skyscraper is a hybrid structure, with cross-laminated timber floors, a concrete podium and lift floors, as well as walls held up with glulam timber columns.
Much like the other timber towers on this list, this building stores carbon dioxide rather than emitting it, reducing the carbon footprint and making our world a much cleaner, better place to live in.
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