The island of Zanzibar in the Republic of Tanzania is planning the world’s tallest hybrid mass timber tower, a 28-storey residential and commercial building to reach a height of 96 m (315 ft).
Once built, this tower will leave behind the world’s tallest mass timber building in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which currently sits at 85.4 m (280 ft). The tower with 266 residences will be in Fumba Town, an ecologically sensitive residential development in East Africa, proposed by German-led engineering firm CPS.
Named Burj Zanzibar—”Burj” meaning tower in Arabic—the high-rise is dubbed as a “vertical green village” for its abundant green roof gardens and planted balconies, which aim to further reduce the carbon footprint of the building.
The design of the mixed-use apartment and commercial building displays a playful architectural style by combining modern urban trends with local culture, reminiscent of a beehive with honeycombs.
“Panorama windows, closed-in green loggias, and a modular layout will enhance the green nature of the tower and allow for flexible apartment floor plans, tailor-made for any cultural preferences,” says Leander Moons, the Dutch-born architect responsible for the concept.
Burj Zanzibar will feature a steel-reinforced concrete core, designed to meet all required fire and life safety standards. It will also use locally available wood as a building material to enhance its sustainability outcomes. The project is to be executed by a consortium of leading specialists from Switzerland, Austria, Germany, South Africa, Tanzania, and the U.S.
The project is to be developed for the real estate company, CPS Zanzibar Limited. Besides the conceptual design proposed by its lead architect, Leander Moons, who runs his own practice in New York, LEANDER MOONS INC. The German-based architectural firms OMT architects GmbH and Birk Heilmeyer und Frenzel Architekten GmbH are also responsible for the architectural design. The German firm knippershelbig is the structural and facade engineer for the project, and the Swiss firms Ignis – Fire Design Consulting GmbH, and Kasburg Siemon Ingenieure KIG are the fire and life safety consultants. Based in Tanzania, Webb Uronu & Partners Ltd is the quantity surveyor; and Volks.house and binderholz will provide the timber components and assembly services for this project.