WORLD’S TALLEST TIMBER HOTEL PLANNED USING CLT

Cross Laminated Timber

Thrive Construct has unveiled plans to build the world’s tallest timber hotel in Adelaide’s CBD as part of a $300-million investment in tourism infrastructure in South Australia.​​

The 31-storey Adelaide tower would sit behind and on top of the former MLC building, which is heritage-listed.

With an end value of $170 million, the carbon-neutral timber tower designed by Cox Architecture will feature:

  • 324 rooms
  • 22 residential apartments
  • A sky terrace on the 12th floor
  • A rooftop bar.

Plans involve the prefabrication of the cross-laminated timber (CLT) offsite, which will be delivered in modules for later assembly onsite.

Known as ‘jumbo plywood’, CLT consists of layers of timber lamellas glued together, with the grain patterns alternating to imbue the same strength as pre-cast concrete panels and steel.

Buildings made from engineered timber have a significantly lower carbon footprint than other buildings during construction and subsequent operation.

The proposed tower was earmarked to open in 2024.

AUTHOR: Ted Tabet

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