Author: David Rowlinson
A new type of building structure will rise on the banks of the Amstel River with the announcement of HAUT, Amsterdam’s tallest residential timber tower, due to start construction in 2017. Making use of new innovations in wooden building materials, the 73m tower will comprise 21 floors and 55 residential apartments.
The brainchild of Dutch firm Team V Architectuur, the timber tower is tapping into a new trend for wooden constructions, which is being driven by the sustainability benefits and advances in alternative building materials.
The development of mass timber provides the key to the viability of such a large-scale wooden structure, as it provides the structural strength necessary within a high-rise building. Most importantly, the HAUT tower marks an important step in the evolution of carbon-neutral urban development. Team V state that more than three million kilograms of C02 will be stored in the timber structure. They also anticipate that by replacing conventional steel and concrete with mass timber, the carbon footprint of building construction will be reduced by 60 to 75 percent.
Additional eco-friendly components of the building will include energy generating facades and wastewater collection and treatment. As a result the building will qualify for a BREEAM Outstanding Rating, the highest and most recognised sustainability rating in Europe.