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The town of Veld­hoven, near Eind­hoven, is set to be­come home to the largest wooden build­ing in the world.

Seven dif­fer­ent com­pa­nies have teamed up on the Dutch Moun­tains project which aims to be “the in­ter­ac­tive work and res­i­den­tial en­vi­ron­ment of the fu­ture” and set a new stan­dard for sus­tain­able devel­op­ment thanks to the pres­ence of closed sys­tems which gov­ern flows of power, wa­ter, waste and ma­te­ri­als.

The struc­tural frame of the project will be built from cross-lam­i­nated tim­ber and a 4800-square me­tre lobby will lead to restau­rants, cafes, con­fer­ence venues, a health club, child care fa­cil­i­ties, an in­door swim­ming pool, a su­per­mar­ket and an ex­hi­bi­tion space. The com­plex will also be home to a ho­tel boast­ing short- and long-stay op­tions plus of­fices and lab­o­ra­to­ries.

The scheme will in­clude a 13,000-square me­tre park that shields the main struc­ture from out­side noise, plus cen­tralised park­ing for 1500 ve­hi­cles.

AAFM/Asito, BLOC, Dell Tech­nolo­gies, Beveco, SPIE Ned­er­land, Stu­dio Marco Ver­meulen and Ur­ban Xchange are work­ing to­gether as a con­sor­tium while Arup, Eind­hoven Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy, SlimBouwen Foun­da­tion and Twice Eind­hoven are ex­per­tise part­ners.

It is hoped that build­ing work will be­gin next year.

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