Editor’s pickPLP wins competition to design The Netherland’s tallest timber tower

06-01-2020
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PLP Architecture has won an international competition for a 140m timber and concrete tower in Rotterdam.

The architect, in  collaboration with Dutch developer Provast, won the Delftseplein competition for their €160m (US$179 m) project, known as “Tree House”. It consists of 275 apartments, 15,000sq m of office space that includes co-working space, cafes, shops and a terrace on the seventh-floor restaurant.

Tree House 

Standing at 37-storey high, the building will be built next to the city’s Central Station and will be the tallest hybrid structure in the country.

There will also be balconies and terraces that will include numerous plants and three greenhouses.

Designed by the 22 Bishopsgate architect, the building will feature a part-timber structure with a concrete core, reused and recycled materials, rainwater collection that will be reused.

Partner Ron Bakker from PLP Architecture said, “We enjoy designing buildings that push boundaries, and this is an innovative, sustainable, mixed-use tower, with a hybrid timber structure, almost on top of Rotterdam’s Central Station - a new typology for future cities.”

Construction is expected to begin in 2021 and completed in 2024.


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