HAUT Amsterdam, the second highest wooden skyscraper in Europe

HAUT Amsterdam, the second highest wooden skyscraper in Europe

In 2019, the building process starts and by 2020 the building should be ready

In Amsterdam, skyscraper Haut will appear, a wooden residential tower with 21 floors. Because wooden buildings are durable and good for the climate.

Haut will be a building of superlatives.

Project developer Lingotto did win the concept of ​​a wooden residential tower in a tender from the municipality of Amsterdam. Amsterdam wanted a special and sustainable building with an overview over the River Amstel.


With the winning design, Amsterdam is adapting a global trend to build high buildings with wood. In 2019, the building process starts and by 2020 the building should be ready. Only the building in Vienna has an even higher wood construction: HoHo, 24 floors and 84 meters high, still under construction.

But Haut is still in time to join the frontleaders of the woodworkers before the even higher towers are build. In Paris there is one on the drawing table of 35 floors. And in London, the Oakwood Tower will have 80 floors and will be 300 meters high.

Storage of CO2

Wood has great advantages comparing it with concrete and steel, says Bob Jansen of Lingotto.

“Most project developers who pursue sustainability use solar panels. PV reduces the energy consumption of the building. We also wanted to make the building sustainable.”

Wood has many advantages. Wood stores a lot of CO2. If the Haut would be completely constructed of wood, the building would have saved CO2. But unfortunately: the ground floor is still made of concrete and therefore the building has still a small emission. But less than a completely concrete building: 34 tons instead of 870 tons.

Another advantage of wood is, that the material is much better for our health. Buildings of concrete always do have a problem with moisture. Wooden buildings not. They absorb it and ‘breath it out in the open air. This ensures a better indoor climate.

Building with wood is more expensive than a concrete building. The extra cost are about 20 percent. This seems to be due to lack of competition between suppliers. For this material, there are only seven or seven suppliers in Europe. But the material is completely circular. All used wood can be reused again.

What about the risk of a fire?

Wood sounds very flammable. Fire safety expert Ruud van Herpen, Eindhoven University:

It’s an additional risk factor but the Haut building is equipped with a sprinkler system. That compensates the extra risk.

Top 10 top wooden skyscrapers

  1. London. Oakwood Tower or Toothpick. In development. 80 floors and 300 meters high.
  2. Paris, Baobab. 35 floors. In development.
  3. Stockholm. Tree top 33 floors of wood, on top of a 7-storey car park. In development.
  4. Vienna. HoHo. Living and office area of 24 floors. 84 meters. Under construction.
  5. Amsterdam. Haut. 21 floors residential tower. 73 meters. Construction starts next year.
  6. Vancouver. Tall Wood Building. 18 floors. Student flat 58 meters high. Will be delivered this year.
  7. Brisbane. 52 meter high office building. Construction starts next year.
  8. Skelleftea. Stoorn. 50 meters, 19 floors. Multifunctional building. in development
  9. Bergen (Norway). The tree. 14 floors, 49meter. Currently the highest in Europe.
  10. Melbourne. Forté. Residential buildings from 2012 of 10 floors, until recently the tallest wooden buildings in the world.


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