Fascinating Wooden LifeCycle Tower for Austria
CREE is in the process of designing the LifeCycle Tower which be built in Dornbirn, Austria that uses wood as its primary structural support. When it is completed it will stand 30 stories tall, netting it the title of the tallest wooden building in the world.
The building is designed to Passivhaus standards and uses prefabricated building modules that can be erected in half the time of traditional building. An adaptive façade can host solar electric, solar thermal, green panels, or sunscreens, making this a strong candidate for the world’s greenest high rise.
The design is based on a 1.3 meter grid, and can be used for hotels, offices, apartments, or other needs. The façade utilizes a panelized system which can be manipulated for the client’s aesthetic preferences and supports a number of technologies.
These include a building integrated photovoltaic (BIPVs) system, green wall system, solar thermal panels or a second glazing curtain. Systems integration help make best use of energy resources like solar, biomass boilers and passive cooling thanks to the operable windows.
The wood beam post slab configuration is also very earthquake resistant and holds up to fire without losing as much structural strength as steel. The Glulams beams are set in an interesting horizontal fashion to support the reinforced concrete slab.
Utilities and lighting is then run in between the beams. Even the Passivehaus standard windows use wooden frames.