Plans un­veiled for tall tim­ber tower

Australasian Timber - - CLT -

LOVE THEM or loathe them, wooden sky­scrapers are on the rise (no pun in­tended), es­pe­cially in Europe and North Amer­ica. This lat­est ex­am­ple is de­signed by Team V Ar­chi­tec­tuur and will rise to 21 floors in Am­s­ter­dam. Dubbed Haut, the pro­ject is due to be­gin con­struc­tion in late 2017.

Ex­pected to be com­pleted in 2019, the 73m (240 ft)-tall build­ing will likely be the tallest tim­ber tower in the Nether­lands, per­haps in Europe, and even pos­si­bly in the world, though it’s just as likely that an­other firm will build some­thing taller in the mean­time.

How­ever, to put the size of th­ese tim­ber tow­ers into per­spec­tive, the (non-wooden) Burj Khal­ifa is over 10 times taller, at 830m (2,723 ft), in­clud­ing tip. In­deed, the only wooden sky­scraper with se­ri­ous height is PLP’s 300m (984 ft)-tall Bar­bican sky­scraper, but that’s just a con­cept with no im­me­di­ate plans to build.

Haut is short for for Haute Cou­ture, and de­vel­op­ers plan to of­fer would-be oc­cu­pants lots of op­tions for their pad, in­clud­ing the num­ber of floors, apart­ment lay­out, place­ment of dou­ble­height spa­ces, op­tional bal­conies, and the like. Ren­ders de­pict a plush-look­ing apart­ment with gen­er­ous glaz­ing that makes the most of the nat­u­ral beauty of the build­ing ma­te­rial with un­fin­ished sec­tions.

There will be 55 apart­ments in all, plus cy­cle stor­age space, an un­der­ground car park and an ur­ban win­ter gar­den open to the pub­lic.

Struc­turally, in com­mon with other tim­ber tow­ers (like the Tall Wood Build­ing and the Periscope Tower), the build­ing will fea­ture CLT (or cross­lam­i­nated tim­ber), pre­fab­ri­cated pan­els that are very light and strong, are rel­a­tively quick to as­sem­ble, and per­form well in a fire sit­u­a­tion.

Sus­tain­able de­sign planned for the tower in­cludes a waste­water pu­rifi­ca­tion sys­tem and what the firm de­scribes as “en­ergy-gen­er­at­ing fa­cades,” which could take the form of wind tur­bines or so­lar pan­els. The pro­ject is also aim­ing for a BREEAM Out­stand­ing rat­ing, the green build­ing stan­dard’s top grade.

Haut is part of a larger de­vel­op­ment for the area called Am­stelk­wartier, which will com­prise around 4,000 new res­i­den­tial units, plus com­mer­cial and re­tail ar­eas. The pro­ject also in­volves en­gi­neer­ing firm Arup, de­vel­op­ers Lin­gotto, and in­vestor Ni­cole Maarsen.

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