The search for a sustainable solution for affordable housing design in the UK was led by Waugh Thistleton Architects and Murray Grove was the result. It is a nine-storey tall high-density residential block in Hackney, East London. The building exemplifies the use of Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) construction for its load bearing floor plates and walls from the first floor upwards. Upon its completion in January 2009, Murray Grove was the tallest timber residential building in the world and was a leading example of carbon neutral, even carbon-negative, construction.
STORY BY Henry Gunawan Tjhi