Opalia – Paris

A CLT office building currently on site in Paris is set to become an emblem of timber construction in France, as the country’s largest building of its kind. Jess Unwin speaks to its architects about how modern engineered timber is gaining traction as a solution.

When the €15m Opalia office development is completed next spring it will become the largest timber building in Paris, but the team responsible for its design want it to stand tall for another reason.

Project architects Art&Build hope it will help drive the growing movement to replace concrete with wood in new buildings and thereby dramatically reduce the construction industry’s carbon footprint.

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