Co-Living timber highrise
The scheme aims to target two problems with high rise living. Well-being and global warming.
Worldwide, buildings produce about 40 percent of all carbon dioxide emissions, where net-zero energy buildings and retrofits may improve these figures, the construction industry, particularly through material selection, has an intrinsic role to play.
Alongside this, highrise living can be harmful to residents; it may radically reduce chance encounters and propinquity, diminish an individual's participation in public space depriving them of neighborhood peers and activities creating this feeling of loneliness and isolation.
Treehouse, the new 150-meter-high co-living highrise is a scheme built entirely of wood that tackles these issues. The tower is designed to accommodate Manchester's increasing population through co-living providing access to shared amenities and living spaces that have been set up to intentionally create chance encounters within residents encouraging individuals to interface with people not in the same socioeconomic strata.
The scheme reflects upon living within a community and as one with nature. The facade and interior spaces are heavily foliaged allowing residents to be in nature, playing with the ideology of indoor-outdoor living, exposing the residents to nature allows one to emotionally feel better contributing to improved physical and mental well being.
The tower aims to be a part of creating the sustainable city of tomorrow. Through the use of the towers of local renewable resources, construction techniques, and material selection, we can reduce emissions drastically. Most importantly, the wood stores CO2 throughout its life cycle, so no further emissions are released.