Vancouver architect Michael Green wrote the book on timber towers, and has made a name for himself building North America's tallest. He is also great at that other necessary skill in architecture, marketing and promotion, as we all publish what is essentially an entry in the Réinventer Paris competition where they haven't even announced a short list. However Michael makes provocative designs and provocative statements, comparing his project to the Eiffel Tower:
Our goal is that through innovation, youthful social contact and overall community building, we have created a design that becomes uniquely important to Paris. Just as Gustave Eiffel shattered our conception of what was possible a century and a half ago, this project can push the envelope of wood innovation with France in the forefront. The Pershing Site is the perfect moment for Paris to embrace the next era of architecture.
Green is working with a team including real estate developer REI France and local architect Daniel Vaniche et Associés to bust through current limits for wood construction. But wait, there's more:
The project’s innovations are multi-dimensional and extend beyond wood building materials and height. A new model of housing explores ways in which the next generation can live in small urban spaces without losing their sense of community. Combining an innovative mix of market and social housing, a student hotel, urban agriculture, a bus station, e-car hub and amenities, the Baobab project would foster the City’s vision for a connected, vibrant metropolis. Spanning the eight-lane Peripherique and reaching new heights in sustainable wood building, the proposal would transform the Pershing Site into a gateway to the city and a model for future projects around the world.
At 35 storeys, the building would be the world's tallest timber tower, and would sequester 3,700 metric tons of carbon dioxide, although the real savings are in the "avoided emissions"- a concrete slab emits 27 kg per square meter. More at MGA Architecture.