Tall timber skyscrapers, beacon for a future friendlier to climate

  • Posted on: 27 November 2018
  • By: Lotte Meijers

On November 6th, Parallel 52 member, Do Janne Vermeulen, director at Dutch Team V Architecture gave a keynote speech in Vancouver.

It was a full house, with more than 500 attendees at the Wood Solutions conference. With all these wood specialist attending, it was an excellent opportunity to go in detail in the HAUT project, the 73 meter tall hybrid mass-timber residential building in Amsterdam.

With the HAUT project, Team V has been able to bring the best specialists together in the field of tall timber construction. Looking at the world wide interest in low-carbon buildings, and the amount of high quality timber in British Columbia, this seems like an ideal design for projects in Vancouver. However, developing these buildings is not as easy as it seems. So far the University of British Columbia has developed one of the first 18 story timber-hybrid residential towers in Canada, with the Brock House residence. Demand for materials like Cross Laminated Timber is growing and in North America, the supply can’t always keep up.

These kind of projects bring together the best of the wood expertise from Europe and North America. We hope that many of these innovative buildings will be developed in the next years. Given the interest at the conference, we are positive many new developments will follow.

A short backgrounder can be found in local Vancouver newspaper, the Vancouver Sun: https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/tall-timber-skyscrapers-beacon-...