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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Great Designs in Wood (42) - The LCT1

It's beginning to get really fun watching the increasing action in tall wood buildings. Austria now boasts the LifeCycle Tower, or LCT1, in Dornbirn. This structure is architecturally designed around  passive house energy technology, and it wooden structural members of engineered spruce and silver fir are externally visible inside the building, creating that warm, outdoorsy feeling so uncommon in modern office towers.

Here's a short video of  Hubert Rhomberg, the CEO of the company that built the tower, explaining the motivation behind the tower.



And here is a great video showing time-lapse photography of the construction of the tower, built in only eight days by five construction workers, after all the components were pre-fabricated. Even the foundations were pre-built, and the second half of the video shows it all happening in the factory.



It is invigorating to watch, almost in real time, the advances in construction science, and how wood is playing an integral and primary role in the realization of sustainable architecture. Makes one think there really will be wood in the future of society, after all.

Go Wood!

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