The beautiful city of Bordeaux, France will soon receive a stunning timber-framed development. Designed by Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés and Eiffage and Woodeum, Hyperion consists of a trio of towers covered with with green roofs and balcony gardens. The development will be located in the city’s Saint-Jean Belcier district, and it will form part of a grand 17,000-square-meter mixed-use project.
Named after the world’s tallest living tree, the Hyperion project comprises an eye-catching top-heavy timber tower as well as two shorter timber-framed buildings. Cantilevered timber balconies jut out of the 18-story building—the timber skyscraper could be the world’s tallest timber-framed building when complete—on all sides to maximize views and include balcony gardens and green roofs that create a favorable micro-climate, purify the air, and mitigate unwanted solar gain. Ample glazing opens the building up to natural light and ventilation. The wooden building will be constructed from a combination of laminated veneer lumber and glulam for a post-and-beam substructure, while cross-laminated timber is used for the flooring and walls.
The low-carbon project will offer space for 82 apartments and offices. The largest building will be prefabricated off-site and then assembled on-site to minimize waste. “The wooden structure of the tower ensures mutability of housing, the shear walls, usually in concrete, giving way to light partitions, they are easily removed, moved to change the family according to the multitude of family trajectories,” said the architects, according to Dezeen. The winning project beat out an impressive shortlist, including the design by Sou Fujimoto. Hyperion is slated to begin construction in late 2017 and is expected for completion in 2020.