Rising to be the tallest timber tower in the world

As one of the most innovative materials used for construction, timber is on the rise to represent an important step towards a carbon-neutral city.

HAUT, the 21-storey wooden residential building by the Dutch River Amstel, is a serious  contender to become the tallest timber tower in the world and will have more than three million kilos of CO2 will be stored in the cross laminated timber used to build it. The municipality of Amsterdam has selected Team V Architecture with Lingotto, Nicole Maarsen, ARUP and brand partner Netherlands Energy Company (NLE) to develop this phenomenal structure and construction is expected to start in the second half of 2017. 

To be built in Amstelkwartier, a new residential neighbourhood in Amsterdam, situated on the River Amstel between Oud-Zuid (Old South) and Watergraafsmeer. HAUT will contain some 4,000 residential units, together with shopping facilities and small business premises. Approximately 1,000 dwelling units have already been completed, and the first primary school has been opened. Somerlust, the new park on the Amstel, is also already open to the public.

HAUT, which stands for ‘haute couture’: tailor-made architecture, offers buyers extensive freedom of choice in the size of their apartment, the number of floors, the layout and the positioning of double height spaces, outdoor loggia’s and balconies. It’s façade is characterized by strong, clear lines of light grey floor bands and tall windows, with an apparently random pattern of cantilevering balconies. The wooden ceilings underneath the balconies and the pronounced projections at the sharp building corner facing the River Amstel make HAUT’s architecture strikingly distinctive.

The triangular base of the building includes a spectacular public urban winter garden, HAUT’s Hortus where residents of the neighbouhood are able to grow thie own vegetables, relax and meet each other. The Hortus forms an extension of the adjoining Somerlust Park and includes the Innovation Lab, a demonstration centre where the latest innovations in the fields of nutrition, energy and construction are presented – arranged by brand partner NLE.

Source: Team V Architectuur