HoHo Tower Vienna, Austria: highest building made of wood in the world is start to be build.
Vienna will soon be home to the world's tallest wooden building. Designed by Rüdiger Lainer and Partner, the so-called HoHo project will be built in the Seestadt Aspern area, one of Europe's largest urban development sites. 76 percent of the 84-meter tower is expected to be made from wood rather than concrete, saving approximately 2,800 tonnes of CO2 emissions (equivalent to driving a car 25 miles a day for 1,300 years).
The building, "HoHo" will cost an estimated €60m to realize. The choice of wood for the project makes lots of sense and not only in terms of beauty. It is an ecological and renewable building material that fits perfectly in the low-tech, high-energy concept of the 21st Century.
Plans are for a mix of uses, including restaurants, health, beauty and wellness centres, a hotel and short-term residential rentals. All are designed to reflect the elements - wood, fire, earth metal, air, and the void.
The 24-story building is scheduled for completion by 2018.