For years, architects have touted the potential for wooden skyscrapers to play an important role in a more sustainable future. They believe such buildings can not only be incredibly durable and safe, but massively reduce buildings' carbon footprints.
Now global tech giant Atlassian is helping to make this future a reality. The company is planning to build a hybrid steel-wood tower in downtown Sydney. When completed, it will be the world's tallest such building.
The project is remarkable in many ways. The 40-story building will feature a steel exoskeleton complemented by Mass Timber Construction (MTC). It will house over 4,000 workers and be 100% powered by renewable energy, much of which will come from solar panels built into its facade. It will also have “self-shading capabilities” that help manage heat in the summer and packed with lush, planted terraces. These features and more will reduce the building's daily energy consumption and carbon embodied in its construction by 50%.
On top of that, it looks to be stunningly beautiful!
The building is expected to be completed by 2025. It will be the first in a much broader tech hub planned for Sydney across the next several decades.
I love projects like this. It certainly provides important, practical solutions to the climate crisis. But beyond that, it also fills me with a sense of awe and possibility about what the future has in store for us.
What might your city look like in 10 years if we all commit to building the future we want and need?