C.F. Møller, a Scandinavian architectural firm, has proposed to build the world’s tallest wooden skyscraper. The proposed 34-storey wooden skyscraper functions as a sustainable alternative to those made of typical steel and concrete. The proposal is part of a housing design competition that was organized by Sweden’s largest building society, HSB Stockholm. C.F. Møller’s proposal is one of the three entries that have been proposed in the competition. The winner’s proposal will be built by the time HSB Stockholm reaches its 100th birthday in 2023.
The proposal for the 34-storey wooden skyscraper was presented by architect C.F. Møller, architect Dinell Johnasson and consultant Tyréns. Each entry in the competition consists of innovative proposals for private residences for the future, located in three different locations in the centre of Stockholm. The C.F. Møller team made the decision to build upwards. Their design of the residential building includes a concrete core surrounded by wooden pillars, beams, walls, ceilings, and window frames, with a glass facade.
Ola Jonsson, an architect at the C.F. Møller firm, asserted that the primary reason steel and concrete are the primary building materials is due to the building market. He discusses that only recently, the building industry has begun to take responsibility for the environment and build with sustainability in mind.
According to the C.F. Møller team, wood is both a sustainable and innovative building material. During production, wood makes no waste products and it binds CO2. In addition to being sustainable, wood is a cheaper alternative to steel and concrete, since its lighter composition enables decreased transportation costs. While wood is low in weight, it remains a strong load-bearing structure, making it a reliable building material. Surprisingly, wood is also more fire resistant than steel and concrete, since 15% of wood mass is water. Thus, the water in the wood will evaporate before the wood begins to burn. Other benefits of wood include its ability to secure an ideal indoor climate and temperature, it enables favorable acoustics, and it can be exposed without being covered with plaster or other costly materials.
C.F. Møller is a visionary in the possibilities of the future of housing. Their proposal demonstrates the possibility of cheaper, easier and more sustainable housing that contrasts to contemporary steel and concrete constructions. The 34-storey wooden skyscraper would be an exemplar of environmental sustainability. The building would be powered by the solar panels on the roof, with individual apartments would have an energy-saving, glass-covered veranda.
The C.F. Møller’s proposal win’s the HSB Competition, their proposed project would exceed the height of a 9-storey, wooden, Murray Grove tower in London. It would also exceed the proposed 20-storey tower that Michael Green has designed. It is clear that C.F. Møller has done their research, and they are determined for their 34-storey building to be at the highest end of the discussion of wooden buildings.
Visit the HSB Facebook page to see the three design proposals and to vote for your favourite project.
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