Alex Smith of London-based Hawkins\Brown, the firm behind the tallest hybrid-CLT building in Europe, believe this type of system is more attractive to property developers, who initially were "pessimistic" about using wood.
His project, called The Cube, is a 33-metre-high apartment block. It features a predominantly CLT structure, but also includes some steel elements that were used to create cantilevered overhanges.
“I think there is a lot of potential in timber-hybrid structures to enable more sustainable and more ambitious structures.
By combining the stiffness of steel with more insulative prefabricated timber panels, the structure forms a unified solution, which by volume is 90 per cent timber.”
Alex Smith, Associate at Hawkins\Brown