WOOD YOU BELIEVE IT
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.