A carbon-negative wooden office building is to be built in London. It will only house companies strongly committed to transition and sustainability actions and who do not have the means to build their own offices.
Located along a railway line in London’s Vauxhall district, this six-storey building, dubbed PARADISE, was designed by the British practice Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios.
The originality of the future construction lies in its structure. It is a combination of slabs and beams in cross-laminated timber (CLT) and steel beams, on concrete foundations. The designers calculated that the carbon sequestered by the timber will be sufficient to offset the carbon emissions generated during construction, but also during the first 60 years of operation of the building.
“From a sustainability perspective, CLT is one of the few renewable structural materials that can be mechanically fixed and simply reused at the end of its life“, explains Joe Jack Williams, partner at Feilden Clegg Bradley.
The building will respond to the Architects Declare manifesto, a collective of British architects who are committed to more virtuous and eco-responsible practices. They advocate for a change in behaviour in the field of construction (architects, contractors, project owners, investors). They are committed to reviewing their practices in order to create architecture and urban planning that will have a positive impact on our world.
The Architects Declare website: www.architectsdeclare.com
Photos © Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios