HAUT - Amsterdam

  • Posted on: 10 January 2018
  • By: Lotte Meijers

HAUT, the 21-storey wooden residential building in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, is a serious contender to become the tallest timber tower in the world. This month the project received a BREEAM Outstanding certificate for sustainable design with the exceptional score of 90,76%. This is truly unique; never before has this qualification been awarded to a residential building in The Netherlands. The BREEAM label is very popular throughout Europe, it not only measures sustainability in terms of energy use but also examines themes like material use, environmental friendliness, ecological contributions and healthy living conditions.

At present the architects of Team V and the engineers of ARUP are finalizing HAUT’s Technical Design. Timber construction was chosen for its sustainable nature; over three million kilos of carbon dioxide will be stored in the cross laminated timber panels. The application of CLT-panels for its main structure and the experimental use of energy-generating facades make HAUT a prototype of sustainable and innovative architecture.

During the Building Lasting Change Congress 2017 in Vancouver earlier this year Do Janne Vermeulen, Architect and Director of Team V Architecture, talked about how a truly innovative project like HAUT is initiated. How do you inspire developers and local governments to invest in innovation? In the case of HAUT the municipality of Amsterdam played a leading role. They devised a competition brief with very high ambitions for sustainability and environmental quality. It is interesting to explore the differences between The Netherlands and Canada regarding real estate commissioning, building regulation, sustainability and of course the timber industry. There is a lot we can learn from each other. When our countries join forces we can boost sustainable innovation to the maximum and set an example for the rest of the world.