Vancouver Architecture Firm Proposes Timber Skyscraper for Paris Skyline

By Derrick Penner
Vancouver Sun, June 2, 2015

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(Image: Vancouver firm MGA (Michael Green Architecture) is part of a team French team bidding to take part in the Reinventer Paris urban revitalization competition. The development proposal includes a roof garden that would provide a community space with restaurants, cafes, garden spaces and bicycle rentals for residents and community members, as well as for travelers staying at a student hotel or passing through by bus, bike or car. Courtesy of Quarx Digital, provided by MGA)

Vancouver architect Michael Green, who co-wrote the book on building skyscrapers out of wood timbers, has a role in an audacious proposal to construct the world’s tallest to stand as a beacon on the Paris skyline.

At 35 stories, the wooden tower Green’s team is proposing would have to be approved as an exception to Paris’s existing height limits for wood structures, but he hopes winning the bid could be the “Eiffel-Tower moment” for the acceptance of tall timber buildings he has been advocating for close to a decade. Read more…

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