Amsterdam’s plans for a ‘Haute Couture’ building

Amsterdam has plans in the future for a new  residential tower made from wood. Arch Daily reports that the tower will be 73 meters (240 feet) tall and will become The Netherland’s tallest timber framed building.

(Design rendering of HAUT, Amsterdam’s newest tall timber building. Photo credit: Team V Architectuur)

The project is called HAUT, short for “Haute Couture,” and will located next to the Amstel River. HAUT will be designed by Team V Architectuur with Lingotto, Nicole Maarsen and ARUP.

The building will be made up of 55 apartment units within the 21-story building. The interiors are currently designed with exposed wood and large windows overlooking the river and city.

(Photo credit: Team V Architectuur)

(Photo credit: Team V Architectuur)

The sustainability of building with wood is also apparent in HAUT. Arch Daily says that over three million kilos of carbon dioxide will be stored in the cross-laminated pieces once completed. Energy-generating facades and wastewater purification systems are also planned to reach a BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method)  Outstanding rating.

(Photo credit: Team V Architectuur)

(Photo credit: Team V Architectuur)

Plans for tallest hybrid timber structure in the world revealed

Preliminary plans were recently revealed for the tallest hybrid timber structure in the world, Architectural Digest announced. Japanese architect Shigeru Ban and Vancouver developer PortLiving have teamed up to build a residential building thought to break current records.

(Design rendering of the planned Terrace House. Photo credit: PortLiving)

Details for the project are still under wraps, but it is believed the skyscraper will be the tallest hybrid timber structure in the world once complete.  The building, currently known as Terrace House, will be located in an area of Vancouver called Coal Harbor.  Nick Mafi reports that the upper portion of the structure will be a combination of a timber frame supported by a concrete and steel core.

Vancouver is not a stranger to building with mass timber. Construction at University of British Columbia’s campus is underway for an 18 story tall dormitory.

France plans to build first wooden towers in Bordeaux

France is gearing up to make the country’s first tall timber construction in the form of two towers. The pair of wooden towers are planned to be 50 and 57 meters high (164 and 187 feet) and will built in the center of the city by Bordeaux Euratlantique.

(Artistic design of Hypérion, a planned 18-story wooden tower in Bordeaux. Photo credit: Jean-Paul Viguier & Associés)

Global Construction Review details the plans which include multiple design teams. The taller of the two towers, “Hypérion”, will be an 18-story residential tower with 82 apartments. The project team includes Eiffage, specialist wood contractor Woodeum, landlord Clairsienne and architect Jean-Paul Viguier & Associés. The other tower, nicknamed “Silva,” will be an office building. The project team includes developer Kaufman & Broad and is designed by architect Art & Build. 80% of Silva will be made with locally sourced cross-laminated timber with glulam plywood bracing.

(Rendering of the 50 meter tall wooden building, Silva, in France. Photo credit: Art & Build)

Both of the designs were chosen in a competition held by the city. Global Construction Review reports that construction on Hypérion is expected to begin in September 2017 with both towers completed by 2020.

Read more about the timber towers and learn about other wooden buildings in France.

Quebec City ready for Origine

Nordic Structures is in the final planning stages to build the 13 story tall Origine apartment building in Quebec City. After 18 months of planning and testing, the apartment block is getting ready. According to Global Construction Review, Origine will be made of 7-layer black spruce CLT panels and finished with an aluminum facade.

NORDIC_Origine_1(Conceptual design for Nordic Structure’s Origine building. Photo credit: Nordic Structures)

Yvan Blouin Architecte is the architecture firm responsible for designing the building. It will contain 94 one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments and will be located in Quebec City’s Pointe-aux-Lièvres eco-district.

(Conceptual design for the interior and city view for Origine. Photo credit: Nordic Structures)

Read more about Origine at Nordic Structure’s project page.