Timber Reaches Towering Heights
RLP Rüdiger Lainer + Partner, Vienna
One of the largest urban development projects of Europe is currently emerging in Seestadt Aspern near Vienna: a new quarter with housing for more than 20,000 people and jobs in the production and services sectors, in scientific institutes and research and educational institutions. The skyline of this quarter will be dominated by a high-rise building designed and built by Lainer’s firm: the Hoho. The 24-storey timber building is currently the tallest of its kind worldwide.
In Lainer’s view, however, the flagship project not only constitutes an integrative element of the quarter. He underlines the future practical urban value of the timber high-rise. An innovative construction system provides maximum flexibility and practical usability of the floor space. The high-rise is constructed in a hybrid design, in other words not exclusively of timber, and this helps accomplish variable and completely flexible floor plans.
Rüdiger Lainer founded the Vienna-based architecture firm RLP Rüdiger Lainer + Partner in 1985. The portfolio ranges from old building retrofits to the construction of high-rise buildings. Rüdiger Lainer has chaired the Expert Committee for Urban Planning and Urban Design of Vienna since 2006 and of Graz since 2012.
Based on this design approach, Lainer’s team has developed a system that contributes substantially towards synergies of economic efficiency and ecology, as well as architecture and practical value.