Sidewalk unveils design of world’s tallest timber building

February 5, 2020

Exterior rendering of office and residential levels of Proto-Model X, Sidewalk Labs’ prototypical timber building. Image courtesy Michael Green Architecture and Gensler[1]
Exterior rendering of office and residential levels of Proto-Model X, Sidewalk Labs’ prototypical timber building.
Image courtesy Michael Green Architecture and Gensler

Sidewalk Labs[2] along with a team of architects, engineers, and environmental designers has developed a mass timber proto-model at 35 storeys, a height yet to be achieved in practice.

Called Proto-Model X (PMX), the 43,850-m2 (472,000-sf) building has retail and residential spaces, offices, and integrated building services. Standing at approximately 130-m (426-ft) tall and 30 m (158-ft) wide, the structure uses a cross-brace frame and a tuned mass damper, engineering tactics more typical of super-tall building design.

PMX aims to achieve the Toronto Green Standard (TGS) 3, which sets high energy use targets, according to Gensler[3], who worked on this project.

Aercoustics[4], Aspect Structural Engineers[5], Atelier Ten[6], JE Dunn Construction[7], Michael Green Architecture[8], and RDH[9] were also consulted on this project.

Sidewalk hopes PMX would serve as a valuable proof-of-concept, helping to accelerate interest in mass timber technology. For more information on this design concept, visit www.medium.com/sidewalk-talk[10].

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: https://www.constructioncanada.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Sidewalktower.jpeg
  2. Sidewalk Labs: https://www.sidewalklabs.com/
  3. Gensler: https://www.gensler.com/
  4. Aercoustics: https://aercoustics.com/
  5. Aspect Structural Engineers: http://aspectengineers.com/
  6. Atelier Ten: https://www.atelierten.com/
  7. JE Dunn Construction: https://www.jedunn.com/
  8. Michael Green Architecture: http://mg-architecture.ca/
  9. RDH: https://www.rdh.com/
  10. www.medium.com/sidewalk-talk: https://medium.com/sidewalk-talk/introducing-pmx-our-model-for-how-tall-timber-buildings-could-work-in-cities-4402fab7ac45

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