Brief

The rise of tall timber towers worldwide continues with Urban Agency’s Dock Mill proposal for Dublin, Ireland. Assuming it goes ahead as planned, the building will be built on top of an existing mill on the city’s waterfront.

 

Insight

Once derided as tinderbox deathtraps, advances in wooden construction techniques have enabled tall timber towers to grow in cities throughout the world.

Urban Agency’s Dock Mill proposal for Dublin is the latest to catch our attention and is slated for the roof of a 19th century industrial mill on the Irish capital’s waterfront.Assuming all goes ahead as planned, Dock Mill will consist of the original mill, which stands at 22 m (72 ft) in height, and the timber tower itself.

This will be built on top of the mill’s roof and will be constructed from prefabricated CLT (cross-laminated timber), extending the building upward a further 50 m (164 ft), or thereabouts.

To put this into perspective, the wooden tower structure alone would be taller than Australia’s 25 King and just slightly under Canada’s Brock Commons, which was recently the world’s tallest timber tower, underlining the dizzying rate of change in this area of architecture.

However, Norway’s Mjøstårnet remains the current world’s tallest all-timber tower at an impressive 85.4m (280 ft).The interior of the old mill will host residential apartments. The building is in a state of dilapidation, so Urban Agency will freshen things up and improve access with a new boardwalk.

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