Do you know what a Resilient City means? I’ll give you a particular example

Have you heard of Resilient City but don’t know exactly what it is?

Now, everywhere in the world there is a need to regenerate cities with resilience. And here there is a practical example, the Skyscraper built entirely of Lamellar Wood by Anders Berensson, 133 meters high, equal to 40 floors, commissioned in Stockholm.

We will never understand how to go towards a “resilient” urban transformation, if we do not accept the fact that one of the most innovative resilient materials is Wood, the oldest building material in history.

The Resilient City and the example of Tratoppen, the new Skyscraper concept in Stockholm.

Before talking about the project of the wooden Skyscraper, designed by Anders Berensson in Stockholm, let me tell you something. The resilient city is the future of modern architecture. The resilient city is the future of modern architecture. Knowing the resilient building materials and how they work, knowing the new energy-saving sustainable building strategies, makes the difference between a city of the past and one of the future.

Tratoppen, Stockholm, designed by Anders Berensson (2016).
Tratoppen, Stockholm, detail of the facade.
Tratoppen, Stockholm, interiors.

The new frontier of sustainable architecture is imposed by environmental conditions.

Precisely for this reason, many Architects are increasingly realizing resilient architecture projects that you can see HERE, such as the Vertical Forest by Andrea Boeri in Milan, the Heal-Berg by Luca Beltrame and Saba Nabavi Tafreschi in California, or the Italian Pavilion at Milan Expo treated with bioactive cement, designed by Studio Nemesi of Rome. Some are projects, other advanced buildings already built.

If it still isn’t clear to you what a Resilient City is, I will tell you again.

Resilience is the ability of a material to absorb a shock without breaking. But not enough, in psychology it is also the ability to face and overcome a traumatic event or a period of difficulty.

And that is exactly what is asked of Resilient Architecture. The ability to build resilient cities, that is able to absorb the stresses of the environment in which they are located, without opposing it but, on the contrary, exploiting the conditions.

Tratoppen, “tree top” in Swedish, is the project for a skyscraper designed by Anders Berensson to be built in Stockholm. A building entirely in laminated wood with crossed layers.

A resilient, sustainable, precious, durable and very resistant  material that would allow the building to reach a height of 133 meters, making it the tallest city in Stockholm, just above the Parkaden public car park of the 60s.  

A modern building in Laminated Wood in the city centre of Stockholm.

Reducing the number of cars in the city center is an environmental priority. This means changing urban mobility, making room for new buildings while preserving and expanding the green areas in the cities. In Sweden, laminated wood is a sustainable building material already used.

The construction of the Skyscraper in Wood demonstrates its potential even for complex buildings, also because Sweden has a large wood industry. The facade, second wooden skin of the building, will be carved with the shape of enormous numbers that mark each level, from the ground floor to the attic.

In fact, as the architect Berensson stated, “from the outside, one can count the floors by reading the facade and from the inside you will be reminded what floor you are on just like in the parking garage”.

“This is a useful feature given that the skyscraper will be the highest in the city centre of Stockholm,” he added. “The facade also has some practical benefits and acts like a sun screen, which keeps the building cool and energy efficient”.

Here is what an example of a resilient city means.

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