New technology allows the use of wooden structure on taller buildings The Project for the construction of a wooden tall building is an initiative by AMATA and is signed by Triptyque: Atmosferic CO2 capture project. Frequently called the capital of steel and concrete, the city of São Paulo is soon to become home to a building totally made of Brazilian wood, 100% certified both of its origin and trajectory. The initiative came from AMATA, a Brazilian forest management company. The project is signed by the Triptyque Architecture company and is to be built in a land lot of 1.025 m² in the Vila Madalena neighborhood. The total area will be 4.700 m². Based on a Mixed-use concept and 13 stories high, the project allows for many different functional uses to its areas such as coworking, coliving and restaurant. These are both common and private spaces interacting with the city where one can live in tune with a new environmental consciousness.
“Wooden framed buildings are an efficient solution and may serve as a boost toward a change in the environmental consciousness of our societies because, as we replace non-renewable resources with natural raw materials, we also help create a cleaner chain of production and we add value to certified forests. This can lower the pressure for deforestation”, says Dario Guarita Neto, cofounder and CEO at AMATA.
Each 1m³ of reforested wood has absorbed one metric ton of atmospheric CO² from the environment, helping meet the proposal signed by Brazil during the 21st Climate Conference (COP 21), in Paris, in December 2015, promising to replant 12 million hectares of forest and reduce by 43% the green-house effect gas emissions until 2030. This is one of the solutions to help solve the long lasting problem with the construction industry: Today it stands as responsible for almost half of the world’s carbon emissions.
The structure of the AMATA Building will be made of CLT, a high-tech product made of multiple layers of massive wood laid down in two different directions. Once put together they become panels that can be used as structure for high rising buildings, with the full use of the wood’s structural properties. Every 40 hours the forests of AMATA grow by an amount equivalent to a ten-storey high CLT building.