Design for world's tallest residential timber building unveiled

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The world's tallest residential timber building is to be erected in Winterthur, Switzerland.

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects won the international architecture competition to design the 100-metres-tall tower, named Rocket&Tigerli.

"We approach this project with a great sense of humbleness," said Kristian Ahlmark, partner and Design Director at Schmidt Hammer Lassen. "It is a big project that will have a significant influence on the community, socially as well as aesthetically. Because of the strong expertise Switzerland has, when it comes to building in wood, we are particularly proud to be working on this ground-breaking project."

The city of Winterthur, Northeast of Zürich, has formerly been known for its machine industry and locomotive production. Today, the city has become a progressive place of higher education and culture, but in the Lokstadt area - a city within the city - they cherish its 19th-century industrial environment.

The new building exhibits the high degree of detail that characterises the industrial architecture from that period of time.

It mixes regular housing, student housing, a restaurant, retail spaces, a sky-bar, and a hotel. The wide range of facilities is designed to activate the neighbourhood throughout the day, thus bringing life to the green open plaza, orchestrated by the four buildings.

The project development has been initiated, and construction work is expected to be completed by 2026.

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