Construction of Vienna 24-storey wood building to start this Spring
Construction of the world's tallest wood building will start this spring in Vienna, Austria.
When completed in 2017, the 'HoHo building' will have 24 storeys, surpassing by far 'The Tree', a 14-storey residential building under construction in Bergen, Norway
The wood high-rise is located in Seestadt Aspern northeast of Vienna by the Seepark park. With a height of roughly 84 metres and an estimated cost of £50 million, roughly 75 percent of the building will be made of wood. The service core will be constructed of solid reinforced concrete to which the timber supporting structure is secured.
"Wood is a natural choice in Austria, because more of it grows than is used. Wood is cost-effective, it saves resources, it has high acceptability and wood surfaces create a natural atmosphere in indoor spaces. We have developed a technical wood construction system that enables construction of tall buildings", architect and planner Rudiger Lainer said.
"The starting point is to realise the building as efficiently as possible. We combine wood construction with concrete construction and with this synergy we strive for the best possible solution from the standpoint of building regulations, quality, cost-efficiency, fire safety and flexibility," Lainer added.
To read the complete interview with Mr Laner click here.
Visit the project website at www.hoho-wien.at.
[Image courtesy of www.hoho-wien.at.]