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Best of Timber

Article by Kathrin Lanz (translated by Eva Guzely) | 07.02.2019 - 11:38

Skyscrapers are symbols of innovation and wealth – at least in America. Not only on that continent building contractors return to wood as construction material for this type of building. Hickok Cole Architects from the US, for example, showed this in April with a draft for a 62 storey building. However, this was just a design study. Much more concrete are plans for “The Arbour”, a 10 storey university building, which is going to be built in the Canadian city of Toronto starting in 2021. Vancouver’s ambitions are even higher. According to a report in the daily newspaper Vancouver Sun, a 19 storey wooden tower with a height of 71 metres is planned in the city. The “Terrace House” was planned by famous architect Shigeru Ban.

Much more important than planned buildings, however, are those which have already been completed or at least those whose construction has already started. What is currently happening in this sector is enormous and unprecedented in this form. The current record is held by Mjøstårnet in Brumunddal in Norway which tops its “competitors” with its 85.5 metres of height. In March, the skyscraper will be inaugurated. Two months later, Vienna’s HoHo is going to open its doors to the public. Also, construction on Amsterdam’s conspicuous wooden building “HAUT” has started recently.

Never before this many tall buildings have been under construction at the same time. For this reason, it is not possible to list every single timber construction project which is under way in the world. However, the following selection of wooden skyscrapers with more than eight storeys, which are under construction, nearly completed or have been completed in 2018, gives an impressive overview of the current developments in the sector.

Carbon 12


Carbon 12 in Portland/US © Andrew Pogue

Place: Portland/US
Storeys: 8
Height: 29 m
Status: completed
Architects: Kaiser+Path
Completion: April 2018

Suurstoffi 22


Suurstoffi 22 in Risch-Rotkreuz/CH © Zug Estates

Place: Risch-Rotkreuz/CH
Storeys: 10
Height: 36 m
Status: completed
Architects: Burkard Meyer Architekten
Timber construction: Erne Holzbau AG
Structural engineering: Erne Holzbau AG
Completion: July 2018

25 King


25 King in Brisbane/AU © Tom Roe

Place: Brisbane/AU
Storeys: 10
Height: 52 m
Status: completed
Architects: Bates Smart
Timber construction: Lendlease
Completion: November 2018



Mjøstårnet in Brumunddal/NO © Moelven

Place: Brumunddal/NO
Storeys: 18
Height: 85,5 m
Status: under construction
Architects: Voll Arkitekter
Planned completion: March 2019



Skaio in Heilbronn/DE © DHV

Place: Heilbronn/DE
Storeys: 10
Height: 34 m
Status: under construction
Architects: Kaden+Lager
Timber construction: Züblin
Planned completion: April 2019



HoHo in Vienna/AT © cetus Baudevelopment

Place: Vienna
Storeys: 24
Height: 84 m
Status: under construction
Architects: Rüdiger Lainer + Partner
Timber construction: Handler Bau
Structural engineering: Woschitz Group
Planned completion: May 2019

Suurstoffi BF1


Suurstoffi BF1 in Risch-Rotkreuz/C © Zug Estates

Place: Risch-Rotkreuz/CH
Storeys: 7+15
Height: 30+60 m
Status: under construction
Architects: Büro Konstrukt, Manetsch Meyer
Timber construction: Erne Holzbau
Structural engineering: Pirmin Jung
Planned completion: July 2019

LightHouse Joensuu


LightHouse Joensuu © Arcadia Oy Arkkitehtitoimisto

Place: Joensuu/FI
Storeys: 14
Height: 48 m
Status: under construction
Architects: Arcadia Oy Arkkitehtitoimisto
Wood supplier: Stora Enso
Planned completion: October 2019



Silva in Bordeaux/FR © Art & Build

Place: Bordeaux/FR
Storeys: 18
Height: 50 m
Status: under construction
Architects: Art & Build
Planned completion: October 2020