World’s tallest wooden residential tower to be built

Written Amarachi Ori, CNN

Switzerland will be home to the world’s tallest wooden house construction.

The project, called Rocket&Tigerli, will consist of four buildings, including one with a 100-meter (328-foot) tower. The complex will be built in the Swiss city of Winterthur, which is located near Zurich.

The project will offer modern, quality living with maximum daylight, according to Danish design firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects (SHL). According to the firm’s press release, it will also aim to create an active neighborhood that is “rooted in the neighborhood’s historical context.” The façade, for example, will be clad in dark red and yellow terracotta bricks, paired with dusty green details to match the red roofs and yellow bricks of older buildings in the area.

The building, named Rocket&Tigerli after the locomotives once built at the site, will be built in Winterthur. Credit: Aesthetica Studio/Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

“We are approaching this project with a great sense of humility,” Christian Ahlmarck, partner and design director at SHL, was quoted in a press release.

“This is a big project that will have a significant impact on society, both socially and aesthetically. Thanks to Switzerland’s extensive experience in wood construction, we are particularly proud to be working on this pioneering project. project.”

The four buildings will consist of living quarters, retail space, a sky bar and a hotel. It is expected to be completed and ready for residents to move in by 2026.

The 100-meter structure will be built according to a system in which the concrete core is replaced by wood.

The 100-meter structure will be built according to a system in which the concrete core is replaced by wood. Credit: Aesthetica Studio/Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

According to SHL, this project is a milestone in the construction of wooden houses. The firm added that, at 100 meters, it sets a record for residential buildings with load-bearing wood and “introduces an innovative building system that sees wood as a natural replacement for concrete.”

As envisioned by the designers, the house will offer modern, high-quality housing with maximum influx of daylight.

As envisioned by the designers, the house will offer modern, high-quality housing with maximum influx of daylight. Credit: Aesthetica Studio/Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

“This allows taller structures to be built, while at the same time ensuring that the entire construction process provides less embedded carbon,” the press release says.

Almark added: “We have always actively used this material (wood) not only because of its aesthetic qualities, but also because of the technical possibilities of the design that it opens up. The new production method presented in this project brings our love of material to a modern building.”

SHL competed with eight other architectural firms around the world to design the building. Earlier this year, his design proposal was selected as the winner – in part because of its open block structure.

In its evaluation, the jury stated: “By dissolving the original block structure and integrating the individual buildings, a larger façade area and therefore more daylight is achieved, as well as a closer connection with the environment.”

According to SHL, the wide range of amenities are designed to energize the area during the day, enlivening the vibrant walkways and green outdoor space organized by the four buildings.

According to SHL, the wide range of amenities are designed to energize the area during the day, enlivening the vibrant walkways and green outdoor space organized by the four buildings. Credit: Aesthetica Studio/Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

The SHL design was developed in close collaboration with local Swiss architecture studio Cometti Truffer Hodel.

The project brings together other architectural endeavors seeking to prove that wood can be used as a sustainable alternative to concrete and steel in the construction of high-rise buildings. The 280-foot Mjøstårnet Tower in the Norwegian city of Brumunddal became the tallest wooden building in the world when it opened in 2019. The 18-story building contains apartments, office space, and the aptly named Wood Hotel.

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