Schmidt Hammer Lassen Reveals Design For Worlds Tallest Timber Tower | Switzerland

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Reveals Design For Worlds Tallest Timber Tower | Switzerland

Located on the site of a former train factory in the city of Winterthur, Switzerland, this huge 328-foot tall wooden housing block, designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen, is touted to be the world's tallest timber building surpassing the height of the current tallest timber building, the 280-foot tall Mjøstårnet building in Norway, by 48 foot. Christened Rocket&Tigerli, the residential block is slated to be finished in 2026. It is wrapped in terracotta and has a load-bearing structure made of timber. The project contains housing, a restaurant, student accommodation, retail spaces, a sky bar, and a hotel across its four sections. Read more about the project below at SURFACES REPORTER (SR):


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timber-buildingThe tower marks a new milestone in the construction of timber buildings not just because of its potential of breaking a record but also because it uses timber as a natural alternative for concrete. Schmidt Hammer Lassen has envisioned and designed the building with local Swiss architecture studio Cometti Truffer Hodel. Further, the mass timber structural core and load-bearing system are designed in collaboration with construction company Implenia and Swiss university ETH Zurich.

The building will have four volumes, one of which will reach up to 100 meters, making it the highest timber tower in the world when it completes. Currently, Mjøstårnet by Voll Arkitekter in Brumunddal, Norway, has been authorized by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat


Its four sections contain regular and student housing units, retail areas, a spa, a sky-bar, a hotel, and a restaurant. These volumes are attached to the verdant public plaza and passageways at ground level. Each of the complex’s buildings will have its visual appearance to allow dwellers to create a sense of belonging with the community.

Red and Yellow Brick Facade Imitating The Surrounding Structures

To fit well with the surrounding buildings, the timber structure will be wrapped in red and yellow terracotta bricks with green detailing that imitates the red roofs and yellow bricks in the surrounding historical buildings in the area. "The building picks up colours, materials, and textures found in Lokstadt – bricks, and tiles in red and yellow," said Schmidt Hammer Lassen design director Kristian Ahlmark. With its unique structure, the building has become a landmark in the Swiss city

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"We conducted a series of analytical imagery to see how this building would appear in configuration with the other tall buildings of the city," said Ahlmark.

timber-building"Further to this, we wanted to create a landmark that would contribute to the choreography of taller structures already standing in the heart of Lokstadt," he continued.

In terms of scale, the tower also relates to nearby buildings. It has a recessed floor on its 8th floor which visually attaches to the abutting rooftop of the three lower Tigerli buildings.

Maximum Daylight and Greenery

The gridded exterior of the building blocks is formed by vertical and horizontal bands of tile and brick. Terraces, balconies, and squared windows fill the interiors with maximum daylight from two sides.


The roof will contain several green spaces alongside solar panels. The blinds used in the building feature a dusty green shade mimicking the steel structures one can see within the big assembly halls.

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