Timber buildings reach for the skies in Perth


Timber buildings have become increasingly large and tall in recent years, however all are eclipsed by a new residential tower planned for the City of South Perth that aims to become the world’s tallest timber building.

While a 39-storey mixed-use timber tower planned to house technology company Atlassian at Tech Central in Haymarket, Sydney is massive, the new tower by Grange development will be 50-storeys tall with 245 apartments.

A development application has been submitted with the City of South Perth for the 183 metre tall structure designed by Elenberg Fraser, which has designed some of Melbourne’s largest residential towers.

The wooden tower will be Perth’s third tallest, dwarfed only by Brookfield Place at 234.4 metres and Central Park at 205 metres.

According to reports 7,400 cubic metres of cross-laminated timber (CLT), and glue-laminated timber, or glulam will be used in its construction or 42 per cent of its total, with traditional materials like concrete and glass making up the balance.

The building will have a lower carbon footprint compared to a concrete and steel structure.

Picture: Elenberg Fraser

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