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How the tallest wooden skyscraper in the world will be built in Switzerland and should be completed in 2026

This will be the Rocket & Tigerli tower, the tallest skyscraper in the world built with wood
This will be the Rocket & Tigerli tower, the tallest skyscraper in the world built with wood

The wood continues to gain position in the world and thanks to new construction systems, work will soon begin on the building made with this material that will be transformed in the highest of the globe.

It will rise above the hills of the Swiss city of Winterthur, near Zurich. It is a tower that will reach 100 meters in height, called Rocket & Tigerli, which will be located in a neighborhood of this canton of Switzerland that offers modern and high-quality housing with maximum natural light, as highlighted on the portal official of Schmidt Hammer Lassen (SHL)the Danish architecture studio that will carry out the project.

will overcome by 14.6 meters to the Mjøstårnet tower, located in Norway, the skyscraper that today holds the record for being the tallest with 85.4 meters inaugurated in 2019 and located on the shores of Lake Mjøsa, in the town of Brumunddal, in Norway. And soon the Ascent tower in Milwaukee, in the United States, will be completed, with 87 meters high, which will also beat the skyscraper located in Scandinavia.

Rocket & Tigerli is named after the locomotives that were previously manufactured in the industrial complex that closed a few years ago and where the future wooden giant will be, it consists of four buildings in a tight choreography that combines regular housing, student housing, a restaurant , commercial spaces, sky-bar, spa and hotel. The wide range of facilities is designed to activate the community throughout the day, thus bringing to life the open green plaza, orchestrated by the four buildings.

The Mjøstårnet tower, currently the tallest wooden tower in the world.  It is in Norway, it will soon be surpassed by one that will be released in the United States and in 2026, the one that will be built in Switzerland
The Mjøstårnet tower, currently the tallest wooden tower in the world. It is in Norway, it will soon be surpassed by one that will be released in the United States and in 2026, the one that will be built in Switzerland

As will be

The new skyscraper is estimated to be inaugurated in 2026, it will require more than USD 20 million investment, it will have 32 floors and will have 255 units with different settings. Both the units and the upper commercial areas will have panoramic views of different places and nearby landscapes of this Swiss region.

The new skyscraper is estimated to open in 2026, will require more than USD 20 million investment, will have 32 floors and will have 255 units.

As reported, as a complement to the main tower, as can be seen in the images, three more low-rise buildings will also be built and there will be easily accessible public recreational areas. SHL ensures that each of the four buildings will have “its own visual identity to help create a strong sense of belonging among residents”, without neglecting the historical context of the place.

There will be other low-rise buildings that will accompany the giant wooden tower
There will be other low-rise buildings that will accompany the giant wooden tower

Behind the project, in addition to Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, is the development company Implenia, one of the largest in the country, and the Swiss Public Research University ETH Zurich, which was in charge of developing the new wooden construction system used for reach the 100 meters high without concrete.

how it will be built

In the design of the residential units, SHL challenges the classic high-rise typology by focusing extensively on the integration of daylight and functionality. This results in double-height floor-to-ceiling apartment spaces that exceed 3 meters high. All residential units are sloped to make the most of natural light and are designed with a high level of flexibility, allowing spaces to adapt to future needs.

The houses will have a lot of natural light and good height from floor to ceiling
The houses will have a lot of natural light and good height from floor to ceiling

In the structure, the classic concrete core is replaced by a solid wood load-bearing system. The result will be lighter, taller buildings with less embedded carbon. With an industrial physiognomy for being in an area with a strong productive axis.

You will have panoramic views towards this area of ​​Zurich, in Switzerland
You will have panoramic views towards this area of ​​Zurich, in Switzerland

The facade will be clad in dark red and yellow terracotta bricks combined with dusty green accents; a color palette that reflects the red roofs and yellow bricks of the historic buildings in the area

But the 100 meters is not an end in itself. In the opinion of the architecture studio, it is more about “demonstrate that there are very few practical limits to what can be done with woodthat we are not talking about a flimsy or not very versatile construction material, but about an organic and perfectly viable alternative to concrete or almost any other component”.

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