Vancouver firm MGA proposes timber skyscraper for Paris skyline

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Vancouver firm MGA proposes timber skyscraper for Paris skyline

Vancouver firm MGA proposes timber skyscraper for Paris skyline

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.

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.

It is an example Green uses frequently in speaking. Gustave Eiffel’s 301-metre tower “blew the socks off the entire idea of how tall you could build a building,” he said in an interview. []

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