If approved by the New York City Department of Buildings, the structure would be the first in New York City to use modern mass wood systems, and the tallest building in the city to use structural timber.
The proposed ten-storey residential condominium building is a transformative and sustainable prototype for the design and construction industry, demonstrating an innovative approach to going beyond a limited palette of materials and systems for high-rise construction. Located in Mahattan’s West Chelsea neighbourhood, it will contain fifteen two-, three-, and four-bedroom apartments, all utilising a vast array of wood products throughout and setting ambitious sustainability targets for design, construction, and operation.
By combining aggressive load reduction with energy efficient systems, the proposal anticipates reducing overall energy consumption by at least 50%, relative to current energy codes. Because is it a renewable material, mass wood also acts to sequester carbon—approximately one ton of carbon per cubic metre —which offers an exciting new tool for designers. The building will target LEED Platinum certification, and also pursue higher levels of sustainability not captured in the LEED system.