The world’s tallest wooden residential building in the works

The Danish architectural firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen (SHL) has designed a residential building in Switzerland 100 meters high, or more than 30 floors, which will be the tallest in the world. cross-laminated timber construction when completed. The second tallest project is still under construction.

The Rocket&Tigerli, a building clad in terracotta, will be built on a former industrial site in the city of Winterthur, near Zurich.

According to website.

Named the Rocket&Tigerli Tower after the locomotives that were produced at the previous industrial site, the project used a construction system developed by Swiss company Implenia and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich, ETH, according to a statement from the society.

According to Implenia, the concrete core has been replaced by wood, which means that the individual beam arrives with a lower weight. This allows taller buildings to be built while ensuring the entire construction process achieves a lower amount of embedded carbon, the Zurich-based company said.
The building tops the construction of the Ascent, which is a 25-story apartment tower under construction in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

General contractor CD Smith workers linked large pieces of wood together as if building a LEGO toy, as described by the website. Truckloads of solid wood, supplied by two different European suppliers, dropped off shipments of individual pieces of engineered wood designed for specific locations in the building. If the piping, such as plumbing or electrical conduit, must pass through a floor or a wall, the corresponding hole has been pre-cut in the beam in Europe.

Each column has matching male and female metal joints to connect with adjacent parts. The width of load-bearing parts decreases as the building rises, reflecting the decreasing weight they must support.

When completed, the 25-story building will rise 283 feet. It was expected to be the world’s tallest log building, pushing the former world leader, Norway’s Mjos Tower, out of the world’s tallest three-foot tall.

That is, until the Rocket&Tigerli building is finished.