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Architecture

Toronto tree tower

Written by Redazione |

10 August 2017

Specializing in sustainable and ecological designs, Penda architects team up with Tmber consultants - experts in wood processing - to propose a modular and natural high-rise tower in the centre of Toronto. It is an 18-storey building that stands at 62 metres high, and will comprise 4,500 square metres of residential areas and 550 square metres of public areas with a café, a children’s day-care centre and workshops for the neighbouring community. 

Penda architects Chris Precht and Dayong Sun believe that architecture serves as a bridge to connect nature, culture and people to strive for a better quality of living. "Our cities are an assembly of steel, concrete and glass. If you walk through the city and suddenly see a tower made of wood and plants, it will create an interesting contrast. The warm, natural appearance of wood and the plants growing on its façade bring the building to life and that could be a model for environmental friendly developments and sustainable extensions of our urban landscape." 

One of the key elements in this project is the innovative use of wood and engineered wood technologies. The tower is not only using massive wood panels as its main structural element, but has also timber-clad panels as its façade.

Large outdoor areas provide a space for herb and vegetable planters for the residents. The botany on the terraces offers a private garden for each apartment, which creates a certain degree of privacy within every single unit.

“In a way, we are growing the material for an extension of the tower on its terraces,” the architects joke. “This connection helps further develop a true ecological high-rise, supplies its residents with fresher air and provides a lower carbon footprint,” says Mark Stein, CEO of Tmber.

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