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Metsä Wood launches international competition to redesign cities in wood

Metsä Wood has launched a new international design competition called The City Above The City to explore how timber construction can tackle the problems of urbanisation.

The Awards are the next phase of the company’s Plan B initiative, a project focused on realising iconic architectural designs - including the Roman Colisseum and the Empire State Building - out of wood.

“Cities all over the world are in dire need of new ways to house a rapidly growing urban population,” the company said. “The City Above the City international wood design competition invites architects and students from all over the world to solve the challenges of urbanization in both sustainable and humane ways.”

“We need to start building up, and stop tearing down. We have an alternative. A building extension constructed with a timber frame can be a fast, sustainable and inexpensive solution,” said Michael Green of Vancouver-based Michael Green Architects, a member of the competition judging panel."

The entrants are encouraged to select a centrally-located building in one of the world’s most populated cities and develop an innovative wood design solution that adds density through additional floors. Building additional floors with Kerto LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber) as the primary material is a central requirement for the design work. Preferred cities include London, Berlin, Paris, Washington, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Istanbul and Shanghai.

The design should either integrate with an existing structure or knit itself into the urban fabric of the city. Entrants are challenged to propose construction systems that draw on the performance characteristics of a variety of wood technologies.

The competition will be evaluated by an international jury with extensive in-depth expertise in wood structure architecture and sustainable design. 

The deadline for submitting projects for the City Above the City design competition is 30th of September 2016.

Further information are available here.

 

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Construction of Vienna 24-storey wood building to start this Spring

Image courtesy of http://www.hoho-wien.at/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.]

A New House For London opens on 19 September

"A New House For London", the project promoted by the Building Centre along with Arup engineers and Carl Turner Architects, is being launched on Saturday 19 September at 10am in Store Street, London.

The project consists in a prototype home built from two specially adapted shipping containers. The aim is to "challenge the land-use thinking, presenting a model for how under-utilised brownfield sites could be used to locate prefabricated, adaptable spaces, suitable for modern urban living."

The exhibition, located in The Crescent outside The Building Centre, is open Monday to Friday, from 10.00am to 5.00pm, until the 17th of October. There will be additional opening hours for Open House and the opening weekend of the London Design Festival

For more information click here.

Wood in Architecture Award 2015 last call for entries

The World Architecture News (WAN) Wood in Architecture Award 2015 is closing for entries on the 30th of June. 

The award aims to honour the most daring, innovative and visually buildings that highlight the unique qualities of timber. The winner will be announced at the UK Construction Week on 8 October 2015.

This year’s jury includes: Ann Marie Aguilar, Associate Director at Arup Associates; James Greaves, Partner at Hopkins Architects; Dmitri Jajich, Associate Director at Skidmore Owings & Merrill; and Mikko Viljakainen, Director of Puuinfo.

For further information about the WAN awards and details on how to join the competition, click here.

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