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Sidewalk Labs Releases Prototype Mass Timber High-Rise Design

Sidewalk Labs Releases Prototype Mass Timber High-Rise Design

Sidewalk Labs have released their latest study, called Proto-Model X (PMX), investigating how tall timber buildings could work in cities. As a digital proof-of-concept for how to design and manufacture a tall timber building, the study follows the team’s announcement last June to design the world’s first all-timber high-rise neighborhood on Toronto’s eastern waterfront.

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As the team stats, “timber is staging a comeback in the form of a new fire-resistant super wood known as mass timber, a building material made of wood pieces compressed together in a factory to create thick beams, columns, and panels.” PMX would be approximately 2.5X lighter than its concrete counterpart, featuring a 70-ton steel tuned mass damper to reduce lateral sway and a series of “Floor cassettes” that can each produced in 25 minutes on an assembly line. To explore how factory-produced timber buildings can grow taller, the team designed a mass timber proto-model at 35 stories — a height that’s yet to be achieved in practice.

Courtesy of Sidewalk Labs, Michael Green Architecture, Gensler
Courtesy of Sidewalk Labs, Michael Green Architecture, Gensler

PMX was developed through collaboration with a team of architects, engineers, and environmental designers, including Michael Green Architecture and Gensler. Together, the team aims to advance the building idea through eight key steps for a basic building design. Exploration 1 details how to design a timber building that can reach 35 stories, while Exploration 2 looks at how create a timber building that’s easy to make in a factory.

PMX team and consultants include: Aercoustics, Aspect Structural Engineers, Atelier Ten, CadMakers, Gensler, Integral, JE Dunn Construction, Michael Green Architecture, RDH, Sweco, and Vortex Fire.

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Cite: Eric Baldwin. "Sidewalk Labs Releases Prototype Mass Timber High-Rise Design" 31 Jan 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/932649/sidewalk-labs-releases-prototype-mass-timber-high-rise-design-study/> ISSN 0719-8884
Courtesy of Sidewalk Labs, Michael Green Architecture, Gensler

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