Timber Towers Grow to New Heights: 7 Projects to Watch


A $1 billion timber tower as part of the Sydney central station tech and innovation hub revealed earlier this month joins a growing number of major multi-storey timber projects internationally

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The lightweight timber structures use a hybrid construction method to push height boundaries with a concrete core to stabilise them against the wind.

However, a recent set of plans shied away from this method—developed by Sidewalk Labs from Alphabet, the parent company of Google.

The plans reveal an entire “mass-timber” precinct including a 35-storey tower with a timber exoskeleton in Toronto, Canada.

Take a look at some of the future timber towers globally that push the limits of architectural and sustainable design.

Related: La Trobe’s $100m Timber Student Housing Nears Completion

T3 Bayside

Toronto, Canada

T3 Bayside, Timber Tower, Toronto

Developer: Hines Canada
Architect: 3XN Architects
Storeys: 10
Completion: 2021

The T3 Bayside is the first of two timber office towers constructed in the masterplanned Bayside Toronto community.

Skellefteå Cultural Centre

Skellefteå, Sweden

Skellefteå Cultural Centre, Sweden

Developer: Skellefteå Municipality
Architect: White Arkitekter
Storeys: 19
Completion: 2021

Commissioned by the Skellefteå Municipality, the design was chosen as a to nod to the area’s long history in timber construction.

Terrace House

Vancouver, Canada

Terrace House Timber Tower, Vancouver

Developer: PortLiving
Architect: Shigeru Ban
Storeys: 19
Completion: 2020

The timber for the project is sourced from a sustainably-managed forest in British Colombia.

Nordic Light

Oslo, Norway

Nordic Light Timber Tower Oslo

Developer: Bane NOR Eiendom
Architect: Reiulf Ramstad Architects
Storeys: 27
Completion: N/A

The design won a competition to become the city’s central railway station in 2017.

Tree House

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Tree House Timber Tower Rotterdam

Developer: Provast
Architect: PLP Architecture
Storeys: 37
Completion: 2024

The design was selected by the Municipality of Rotterdam in December 2019, with construction expected to commence in 2021.

Canada’s Earth Tower

Vancouver, Canada

Canada's Earth Tower, Toronto

Developer: Delta Land Development
Architect: Perkins & Will
Storeys: 40
Completion: N/A

The hybrid tower will utilise a concrete core for lateral stability with the rest of the structure made from CLT.

W350 Project

Tokyo, Japan

W350 Project, Timber Tower, Tokyo

Developer: Sumitomo Forestry
Architect: Nikken Sekkei
Storeys: 70
Completion: 2041

The completed building is set to be three times taller than any existing timber building.