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Canadian Architect: Hope Scrapes The Sky

February 16, 2021

DIALOG’s Chair, Jim Anderson, was recently featured in Canadian Architect, discussing our innovative zero carbon hybrid wood supertall tower proposal:

Over the past year, DIALOG have been designing a prototype for a supertall zero-carbon hybrid timber tower; we’re calling it the Beacon of Hope. At 105 stories, the Hybrid Timber Tower (HTT) would be the tallest building in Canada; it would also be one of the most sustainable.

The HTT features façade-integrated photovoltaics (PV) and a natural gas-fired district energy system combined with an innovative algae bioreactor to reduce operational carbon to zero. A patent-pending, prefabricated, composite Hybrid Timber Floor System (HTFS) combined with a diagrid steel structure and concrete core slashes embodied carbon almost in half compared with an all-steel-and-concrete system. The HTT would contain 14 times as much mass timber as the current world record-holding tall wood building. For a structure of this scale, we consider it a huge design achievement.