Timber construction is on the rise. Following tall timber projects slated for Vancouver, Paris and London, Sou Fujimoto Architects and Laisné Roussel have proposed a new tall timber development for Bordeaux, France. Dubbed Canopia, it features a cluster of four mixed-use timber towers linked by rooftop walkways.

Proposed for Bordeaux's Gare Saint Jean neighborhood, Canopia would be located in a 17,000 sq m (182,986 sq ft) plot and comprise four buildings, with the tallest rising to 50 m (164 ft), making it one of the tallest modern wooden structures in the world.


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Canopia's terraced areas and ample greenery brings to mind Laisné Roussel's previous Offices with Terraces (the firm recently changed its name). Canopia is more architecturally ambitious though, and calls for a series of rooftop gardens, which would be linked by rooftop walkways. The interior would be split between 199 homes, 3,770 sq m (40,579 sq ft) of office space and 500 sq m (5,381 sq ft) of retail.

Canopia would be constructed using silver fir and spruce beams, with cross-laminated timber floors and glulam (glued laminated timber) beams supporting the structure – a method we've previously covered in detail.

The project remains a proposal at present but should it get the green light, Fujimoto Architects and Laisné Roussel will aim for BREEAM certification (a green building standard) for the office spaces.

Sources: Sou Fujimoto Architects, Laisné Roussel via Arch Daily

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