“Wooden skyscraper city” consisting of 31 CLT towers proposed in Stockholm

Anders Berensson Architects is proposing for a conceptual housing development on Stockholm’s waterfront consisting of 31 cross-laminated timber (CLT) towers.

(Rendering is credited to Anders Berensson Architects)

The Stockholm Centre Party invited the Stockholm-based studio to masterplan a sustainable precinct for the city. Anders Berensson Architects has previously proposed various projects such as a wooden skyscraper covered in numbers, and a high-density housing district connected by aerial walkways, for the political party.

Designed to be sustainable, Anders Berensson Architects described the proposed new district as a “wooden skyscraper city” that can bring 5000 new homes to the town of Masthamnen, a valley.

“Wood is the building material that releases the least carbon dioxide in today’s construction industry and is therefore the obvious choice to build a new Swedish city area in,” the architect explained in its statement.

(Rendering is credited to Anders Berensson Architects)

Constructed from CLT, the 31 towers would rise above the development as self-contained city blocks containing 3,000 homes and 30 restaurants.

At street level, the development would have 19 blocks of between six and 10 floors, with more homes as well as 60,000 square metres of office space and 90 shops and restaurants.

With it’s sustainable credentials and flexible design applications, architects around the world are experimenting with the potential of CLT. Canadian studio Michael Green Architecture has plans for a massive office complex made from CLT on a waterfront in New Jersey, and Mjos Tower, an 18-storey high building is now the tallest building that is under construction in Norway .