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The most outstanding timber buildings in the world

Article by Timber-Online | 28.12.2020 - 10:26

Another year is nearly over – and what a year it was. 2020 saw a global pandemic, turbulent US elections, demonstrations which sometimes turned violent, and a terror attack in Vienna. With all the uncertainty and the various fears, worries and challenges that 2020 brought about, it is good to focus on the beautiful, such as the developments in timber construction. So far, the industry has come through this crisis much better than many others and this year it even boasted some breakthroughs.

None of the projects which have been completed this year tower as high as Mjøstårnet in Brumunddal, Norway, and HoHo in Vienna. With Ascent, however, a new record holder/… is to be built in Milwaukee by 2022. The groundbreaking ceremony for the 25-story building, which uses timber construction elements of Austrian companies KLH Massivholz and Wiehag, took place in August. Construction of the 37-story Tree House in Rotterdam and a 40-story building for software company Atlassian in Sydney is to start in 2021. Both towers are hybrid timber buildings. The world’s highest timber addition was recently completed in Melbourne, Australia where a total of ten floors were added to the Adina Hotel.

Timber buildings are not only rising higher and higher, they are also expanding. In the Prinz-Eugen-Park in Munich, for example, Germany’s biggest timber residential complex was completed, which stores over 12,500 tons of CO2. For the Gare Maritime in Brussels, 10,000 m³ of wood were used, making it one of the largest cross-laminated timber projects in Europe. When taking a look at upcoming projects, such as Kromet in Gothenburg, Sweden or the 50-meter-high residential building SAWA in Rotterdam, projects seem to continue on this scale.

The increasing use of wood as a building material is essential in the fight against the effects of climate change and for a reduction of global CO2 emissions. The timber construction initiative planned by the government shows that politics is becoming more and more aware of the advantages of wood. During the pandemic, the industry also proved that it is not only crisis-proof and resilient thanks to its regional structures, but also boosts the domestic economy.

Project Location Floors Height Status Architets Timber construction
Mjøstårnet Brumunddal/NO 18 85.5 m completed Voll Arkitekter Moelven Limtre
Hoho Vienna 24 84 m completed (timber construction) Rüdiger Lainer + Partner Handler Bau; 
structural planning: Woschitz Group
Adina Hotel Melbourne/AU 10 (stories added)   completed Bates Smart  
Atlassian HQ Sydney/AU 40 180 m planned SHoP, BVN  
Suurstoffi BF1 Risch-Rotkreuz/CH 15 60 m completed Büro Konstrukt, Manetsch Meyer Erne Holzbau
Ascent Milwaukee/US 25 86.6 m under construction Korb + Associates KLH Massivholz, Wiehag
Kulturhus Skellefteå/SE 19 76 m under construction White Arkitekter