Vienna plans to build the world's tallest wooden skyscraper, but developers have a lot of competition: wooden skyscrapers are a global architectural trend
< span class="article-info__item" data-v-6cd1186a>May 12, 2017
The world's tallest wooden skyscraper was built by the Austrian bureau Rüdiger Lainer and Partner in Vienna. The 24-storey building, over 84 meters high, will house a hotel, apartments, a restaurant, a wellness center and offices, while 76% of the structure will be made of wood. “We have wood, a wonderful building material. It was used 200 years ago, it was perfect then and it is perfect now,” notes project developer Carolyn Palfay. “/>A wooden HOHO skyscraper is under construction in Vienna
The ambitious task is not new – the idea of building from wood, a renewable resource that best meets the modern eco-concept, is attractive to many states. For example, the EU is already implementing the “Wooden Europe” program: by 2020, the share of wooden residential buildings should reach 80%. And there are already first results: in Finland, the share of wooden houses is 40%, in Austria – about 30%, and in Germany – 20%.
In anticipation of the transformation of world capitals into garden cities, we recall the most interesting and inspiring wooden skyscraper projects
LifeCycle Tower in Dornbirn, Austria
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Facade of the LifeCycle Tower
The Austrians are ahead of the curve: in Dornbirn they made an architectural breakthrough – in just a year they built an 8-storey building, 30 percent made of wood. In addition to the ultra-fast implementation, the project is fully consistent with the environmental concept: calculations have shown that this building reduces the total consumption of resources by 40% and reduces the emission of carbon dioxide by 90% over the entire period of its life cycle.
The Haut Tower project in Amsterdam
Haut Tower Project
According to the plan, the implementation of this project should begin this year – in this case before the construction of the tower in Vienna, the Dutch will be proud of the tallest wooden skyscraper; the height of the building is 73 meters.
Trätoppen tower project in Stockholm
The tower is planned to be built on the foundation of an old parking lot
The architecture firm Anders Berensson proposes to replace the old parking lot with a 133-meter wooden skyscraper that could become the tallest building in the city. The original “digital” decor of the facades is inspired by the numbers in the old car park, showing which floor the driver is on.
Oakwood Tower project in London
The 300-meter Oakwood Tower project is currently leading in the height race
Another potential contender for the title of the tallest wooden building in the world is the project of the architectural bureau PLP Architecture. The planned height is an incredible 300 meters, 80 floors, more than 90 thousand square meters! If the architects manage to convince the London City Hall, the Oakwood tower will become the second tallest building in the English capital.
The Sutyagin House near Arkhangelsk
The building, built by a Russian enthusiast, can rightfully be called the first wooden skyscraper
Nikolai Sutyagin from the small northern town of Solombal can safely be called a trendsetter: back in the early 1990s, he began the construction of a high-rise wooden house, completing floors one by one. Sutyagin's house was recognized as the sensation of the year at the conference “Wooden Construction in Northern Cities”, held in the Norwegian city of Trondheim, it was planned to be included in the Guinness Book of Records as the tallest wooden building in the world, but, unfortunately, the house had to be dismantled first by a court decision, and then in 2012 the remaining 4 floors burned down. However, the trend for multi-storey wooden houses was born in Russia!