Regenerative Highrise

Session: Track C: Towers and the Challenge of Context: The Future

Shonn MillsTomas StokkeProject image

Shonn Mills
Global Director, Ramboll

Tomas Stokke
Co-Founder and Director, Haptic Architects

The Regenerative Tower is the idea of vertical land creation, and an iconic example of how tall buildings of the future can be both Green and Versatile. With the tower, we are essentially producing volumes that can flex and change in use and character with the needs and requirements of the city. This makes sure the building stays competitive and relevant far longer than the normal building life cycle, which also makes it more sustainable.

The proposed concept blends maximum flexibility and longevity, being able to change its configuration and, consequently, its functions to adapt to the city’s changing needs. To exemplify the regenerative potential of this model, the architects have applied the concept to a tight urban area in the centre of Oslo, Norway.

The Regenerative Highrise is built on a modular logic - a hybrid timber mix. It has the main structure frame consisting of three-story-high structural decks. Each deck can support either three intermediate floorplates or three levels of versatile pods. Lead by a “hard floor/soft floor” engineering concept, the tower presents unparalleled stability, capable of resisting environmental loads arising from any wind and seismic activity. This flexible, innovative, and safe structural and MEP design aims to serve multi-purpose occupancy, as the system is adaptable not only in the horizontal plane but also vertically. It allows for partitions to be single, double, or triple height spaces, following the desired function, be it residential, office, hotel leisure, or production use.