Can mass timber be eco-conscious and affordable? A study on The Dutch Mountains hybrid skyscraper

March 05, 2021 | Case Study

The Dutch Mountains is a proposed hybrid concrete and cross-laminated timber (CLT) skyscraper in the city center of Eindhoven, the Netherlands. CLT is an engineered wood product made of alternating layers of solid wood, first developed in the 1990s. However, it is considered a relatively new type of building material – Europe began wider use of CLT in the 2000s, while the U.S. adopted it into its National Design Specification for wood construction in 2015. The Dutch Mountains aims to be a "symbol of healthy and sustainable urbanisation" by using bio-based materials, a rainwater collection and irrigation system, and solar panels. It will be a multifunctional structure for living, working, and meeting with planned homes, offices, hotel, restaurants, and other spaces. The two towers will be 100 m and 130 m tall and are connected by a central meeting area and garden. The Dutch Mountains will be one of the world's tallest timber-based buildings once completed; construction is planned to begin this year. 

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