HAUT Amsterdam: PEFC-certified timber stars in the Netherlands’ tallest hybrid wooden building
22 June 2023 Construction
The 21-story residential building HAUT enriches Amsterdam with its iconic status, allowing residents to enjoy the city through large windows and spacious terraces. With a height of 73 metres, it is the tallest wooden residential building in the Netherlands, and one of the tallest timber-hybrid buildings in the world.
Over 2,800 m3 of PEFC-certified timber was used for construction, storing 1,800 tonnes of CO2. This reduced the carbon footprint by 50% compared to the construction of a conventional building.
Sustainable living in the city
HAUT comprises 52 luxury flats overlooking Amsterdam. Developed by Lingotto and designed by Team V Architecture, it is a prototype for building innovative and environmentally friendly high-rise timber structures.
The building’s structure, floors and walls were made of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), the energy-generating façade uses triple glazing and, where possible, recyclable materials.
Combined with the rooftop photovoltaics, the energy-positive exterior generates enough energy to supply the entire building with electricity. A rooftop garden and nest boxes for birds and bats add to the biodiversity on site.
Sustainable from the forest to the building
The wood for HAUT comes from Austrian PEFC-certified forests owned by our international stakeholder member Mayr Melnhof. The amount of wood used for HAUT grows back in less than two hours in these forests.
Binderholz produced the CLT and Brüninghoff carried out the final processing, resulting in very little waste at the construction site in Amsterdam. Contractor JP van Eesteren realised the construction of the hybrid building on the Amstel River.
Even before HAUT was finished, it was already winning awards: the design won the International BREEAM Award in the category 'Homes - Designs' in 2018.
After that, HAUT won several more awards, among them the ‘Best Prize’ and the category 'Green Architecture' and 'Residential Architecture - Multi Unit' of the Architecture Master Prize, and was nominated for the Best Use of Certified Timber Prize of the World Architecture Festival (WAF).
Photos: Jannes Linders - Team V Architectuur