Plans for the world's tallest wooden skyscraper


A wooden skyscraper that Austrian architects say will be the tallest of its kind in the world is to be built in Vienna next year.

Wooden Skyscraper

The 84-metre (276ft) HoHo project in the Seestadt Aspern area, one of Europe’s largest urban development sites, will house a hotel, apartments, restaurant, wellness centre and offices, and is expected to cost about €60m (£44m).

Project developer Caroline Palfy, of Kerbler, which is behind the building, said the firm chose wood because of its environmental benefits.

“I think it is important everyone now in 2014 thinks in different ways. We have wood, which is a perfect construction material for building,” she said. “It was used 200 years ago and it was perfect then and is perfect now.”

With 76% of the building expected to be made from wood, architects say it will save 2,800 tonnes of CO2 emissions when compared with a similar concrete structure, the equivalent of driving a car 25 miles every day for 1,300 years.

Compared with wood, which absorbs CO2 from the air while a tree is growing, the production of concrete causes high levels of carbon emissions.

A view from inside the wooden skyscraper

All images © Rüdiger Lainer and Partner

Source: Maddy French, 2015. Vienna plans world's tallest wooden skyscraper . The Guardian, 1 March.