World's largest wooden skyscraper goes up in Vienna

World’s largest wooden skyscraper goes up in Vienna

Austrian architects are well underway to complete the largest wooden skyscraper in the world in Vienna.
The 84-metre (276ft) HoHo project in Vienna’s Seestadt Aspern area, a massive urban development site in north-east of the city. It is scheduled for completion in 2017.  

The 275-ft tower will be a hybrid: it will have a concrete core with a self-supporting timber shell secured to it. Some 75 per cent of the building will be made of wood.

The timber-framed tower will be 24 storeys high with more than 200,000 square feet of commercial and residential space.

Designed by architects at RLP Rudiger Lainer+Partner, the €65million HoHo Vienna project is expected to include a hotel, offices, flats and wellness centre.

With most of the building  made from wood, the architects say it will save 2,800 tonnes of CO2 emissions when compared with a similar concrete structure, the equivalent of driving a car 25 miles every day for 1,300 years.

The architects have chosen wood because of its environmental benefits commenting that: “Wood was used 200 years ago and it was perfect then and is perfect now.”

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