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Old March 1st, 2015, 03:22 PM   #1
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Vienna plans world's tallest wooden skyscraper

Wooden skyscraper from Austria.

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Vienna plans world's tallest wooden skyscraper

Architects hail environmental benefits of HoHo project – but the city’s fire brigade has concerns


A wooden skyscraper that Austrian architects say will be the tallest of its kind in the world is to be built in Vienna next year.


The 84-metre (276ft) HoHo project in the Seestadt Aspern area, one of Europe’s largest urban development sites, will house a hotel, apartments, restaurant, wellness centre and offices, and is expected to cost about €60m (£44m).

Project developer Caroline Palfy, of Kerbler, which is behind the building, said the firm chose wood because of its environmental benefits. continued>
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Wood is organic, warm, inviting, and has some wonderful properties. This looks great.
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I have some concerns too...

Anyway it's quite extraordinary and interesting project. Hope it won't burn.
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I have some concerns too...

Anyway it's quite extraordinary and interesting project. Hope it won't burn.
Engineered wood has come a long way. They're often treated with fire retardants and wood itself stands up well to many different types of stresses. It's not brittle like metal or brick so performs well in earthquakes, it withstands large temperature swings with ease through expansion and contraction, it's strong, and a good insulator.

Most residential detached housing in Canada/US is wood frame and it's stood the test of time. We've been building houses like that for over a century. It's not only cheaper but superior to brick in almost every way. We often decorate the outside with brick or stone for cosmetic reasons or to overcome cultural bias of some home buyers but they're basically wood underneath.

The tallest contemporary wooden structure is currently this UNBC building below in Prince George, British Columbia. Building codes in Canada/US are being relaxed to allow for substantially taller wooden buildings due the advancements made in wood technology.








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Old March 3rd, 2015, 04:38 PM   #5
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Yes, I've read about the project in my local newspaper - sounds very intriguing. It's located in Aspern, a whole new city district currently U/C.
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I thought we are going to save the trees, not kill more.
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maybe these trees are from reforested places....
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nice project
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