Construction of one of the tallest wood buildings in the world is underway at the University of British Colombia (UBC) in Canada.
Due to open in September 2017, the Dhs146 million 18-storey residence building will stand 53 metres tall and house 404 students in 272 studios and 33 four-bed units. There will also be a ground-floor lounge and study space for commuter students.
The building will consist of a mass timber superstructure atop a concrete base. Wood is a sustainable and versatile building material that stores, rather than emits, carbon dioxide.
UBC hopes the building will achieve a minimum Leadership in Energy and Environmental (LEED) Gold certification.
Vancouver’s Acton Ostry Architects is working in collaboration with tall wood advisor Architekten Hermann Kaufmann, from Austria.
Interim university president Martha Piper said: “The building will advance the university’s reputation as a hub of sustainable and innovative design, and provide our students with much-needed on-campus housing.”