Stockholm plans cross-laminated timber towers

Swedish architects are planning a housing development on Stockholm’s waterfront featuring 31 cross-laminated timber (CLT) towers. The architects are describing the proposed district as an environmentally-friendly “wooden skyscraper city”. Around 5,000 new homes will be created.

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 with.

Made of the trending CLT, the 31 towers will be between 25 and 35 storeys and spread across an area of 19 blocks. In addition to homes, the buildings will contain more than 90 shops and restaurants.

Because the Stockholm district is located in valley, the buildings will line up with the surrounding hills. Raised walkways will allow easy access to the valley’s trails.

Cross-laminated timber and mass timber construction have been on the rise throughout the U.S and around the world. CLT can be used to construct buildings of equal strength and fire-resistance as those made of steel and concrete.  Currently, many projects are finished or are in the works.  An 18-story CLT wood structure, a student residence at the University of British Columbia, is nearing completion.

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