The world’s tallest timber residential building, Rocket&Tigerli, is designed to create a framework for an active and attractive neighborhood deeply rooted in the historical context of Winterthur, Switzerland. The project, designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, is expected to be completed in 2025.
From considering wood as a material traditionally used in cottages and holiday houses, the material is now being treated with a focus on its eminent qualities in relation to a building’s total energy consumption. Innovative construction technologies allow the wood to join the mainstream in the built environment both when it comes to all timber construction and when it comes to hybrids between timber and concrete construction.
An innovative structural system developed by the Swiss company Implenia, WaltGalmarini AG, and The Technical University of Zürich allows for the construction of taller timber buildings than previously seen around the world.
In this new system, the concrete core has been replaced with wood, resulting in the individual beam coming in at a lower weight. This makes it possible to build taller constructions while, at the same time, ensuring that the entire building process achieves a lower amount of embedded carbon.
Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects (SHL) was founded in Aarhus, Denmark, in 1986. The firm is one of Scandinavia’s most recognized and award-winning architectural practices. Working out of studios located in Copenhagen, Aarhus, and Shanghai, the firm provides skilled architectural services all over the world, with a distinguished track record as designers of international, high-profile architecture.
Cultural and educational buildings, offices, commercial, retail, and residential buildings, often in mixed-use developments and complex urban contexts, are cornerstones of the firm’s output. SHL has extensive global experience in the design of libraries and other public and cultural landmark buildings. Their innovative, sustainable, and democratic approach to architecture has attracted global attention, winning more than 100 national and international awards. In 2018, SHL became part of the global architecture and design firm Perkins&Will.