High-rise of the future has a unique modular design

The townhouse buildings of the future will have to utilize the vertical space through smart and efficient design and technologies. The Regenerative Highrise concept does all this and more.

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Regenerative Highrise was designed through a collaboration between London / Oslo-based Haptic Architects and high-rise engineering experts Rambøll. It is a concept that brings together modular design and sustainable construction practices. The mission is to secure the future of construction with a design that will be long-lasting and at the same time meet the needs of growing inner-city populations. Regenerative Highrise relies on wood for the primary building material, which is easy to work with, renewable and environmentally friendly.

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The bottom of a high-rise building next to a river bank

In addition, the wooden construction is modular. Fixed, structural decks are stacked vertically to make the best use of vertical space in dense urban environments where there is a lack of soil. The innovative design goes a step further by connecting in such a way that the building can easily undergo retrofitting as needs change in the future. The preformed capsules can be removed or rearranged to change the footprint of the building without demolition. This approach gives the building new life without contributing to the incorporated carbon that is prevalent in new construction.

The bottom of a high-rise building next to a fountain

“The most exciting component of the regenerative tower is the idea of ​​vertical landscaping,” said Shonn Mills, global director of Ramboll High Rise. “With the tower, we basically produce volumes that can be flexed and changed in use and character with the city’s needs and requirements. This ensures that the building remains competitive and relevant for much longer than the life cycle of the normal building, which also makes it more sustainable. “

A card that dissects the inside of the high-rise building

Best of all, it is a universal design concept that can be implemented anywhere in the world as a solution for multi-generation homes, commercial areas or hotels that can solve the unique challenges of construction sites in the inner city. Haptic and Rambøll demonstrated the research and development project by applying it to an urban area in the heart of Oslo in the hope of showing the regenerative potential for the cities of the future. In addition, Regenerative Highrise places emphasis on energy-efficient and sound systems inside the building for long-term operational carbon management.

The exterior of the regenerative high-rise

Meanwhile, the exterior and interior design highlight a Scandinavian approach with warm aesthetics rather than cold concrete or glass. Haptic Architects and Rambøll were recently recognized as winners of the Tall Buildings category at the 2022 AR Future Project Awards.

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