Zanzibar, an Indian Ocean island, has unveiled plans to construct a 28-story apartment tower designed in hybrid timber technology on October 01, 2022. Featuring a height of 96 meters upon completion, it will be the tallest green building in the world.
The tower has been named Burj Zanzibar – “Burj” meaning tower in Arabic – and is expected to be an iconic landmark not only for the island and Africa, but also to be a global environmental milestone, being the first timber structure worldwide of such size.
Dubbed “vertical green village”, the architect responsible for the concept, Leander Moons, reportedly said it would represent a new ecosystem for the future of living. The residential tower with 266 residences is to be located in Fumba Town and will have units ranging from studios starting at $79,900 to a vast penthouse with a private pool on the 26th floor at $950,880.
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat certified the 86.6-metre Ascent Tower in Milwaukee, US, as the world’s tallest timber hybrid building a few weeks ago (CTBUH). However, Burj Zanzibar, when completed, would be the world’s tallest timber structure and Africa’s first high-rise to use this cutting-edge technology.
Source: African Business
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