The SAWA building, located in the Lloydkwartier of Rotterdam, is a new landmark in sustainable architecture. With 90% of the structure made of CLT, the 50-meter-high building is a great example of how innovative building materials can be used to create beautiful, innovative, and environmentally friendly buildings.
The use of CLT in construction has been gaining popularity due to its strength, sustainability, and versatility. The material consists of sawn, glued, and layered wood planks, with each layer oriented perpendicular to the previous. By joining layers of wood at perpendicular angles, the panel gains structural rigidity in both directions. This way, the material achieves great tensile and compressive strength, making it an ideal choice for both large and smaller construction projects.
The building's commitment to sustainability and CO2 reduction has led to a modular main structure made of CLT, which is visible in many parts of the building. This choice of material not only aligns with sustainability objectives but it is also known for being lightweight. However, this lightness presented a challenge when it came to anchoring balconies to the structure using traditional concrete. As a result, the design of the balconies required a solution that could address the weight restrictions while still being compatible with the CLT structure and sustainable focus.