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The world’s second tallest wooden building

Until February of this year, the tallest wooden building in the world was the Brocks Commons Tallwood House, a student dormitory at the University of British Columbia designed by Acton Ostry Architects.

The timber structure is covered with multiple layers 
of drywall to satisfy fire-protection regulations and concrete topping for acoustical requirements.

With 53 meters high, the building is home to 404 students who live in single bed dormitories with Study and social spaces located on the ground floor and a student lounge on the topmost floor. Thanks to careful planning, the building was completed in just 70 days using prefabricated wood components were ready for assembly.

However, and despite the fact that wood is the main material in its construction, the interior does not reveal it. The timber structure is covered with multiple layers 
of drywall to satisfy fire-protection regulations and concrete topping for acoustical requirements.