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.”