35-story wood building concept frames urban competition proposal

Sources: CP staff; Michael Green Architecture, Vancouver, B.C.

In an announcement lacking detail on structural member dimensions, integrity, combustibility characteristics, sourcing, and code feasibility, an architect and developer team has proposed a project harboring what would be the world’s tallest wood-framed building. The 35-story structure is envisioned as the centerpiece of Baobab, to be reviewed with other project concepts in the Réinventer Paris competition.

Michael Green Architecture, DVVD of Paris and REI France bill their proposal as one “that would transform the Parisian skyline and define the future of sustainable, carbon-neutral building in Paris.” Notes Vancouver-based Michael Green, who co-authored “The Case for Tall Wood Buildings” and a related construction practice handbook, “Just as Gustave Eiffel shattered our conception of what was possible a century and a half ago, this project can push the envelope of wood innovation with France in the forefront.”

“Réinventer Paris showcases the [city’s] commitment to fostering sustainable urban solutions that prioritize the needs of future generations,” adds REI France President Paul Jarquin. “Paris is the ideal place to reinvent and demonstrate truly ecological development.”

The proposed collection of wood structures in Baobab would offer greater environmental responsibility and a lower carbon footprint than other alternatives, the development team contends, as responsibly harvested “wood is the only carbon-neutral building material that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and actually sequester carbon in buildings.”