World's tallest mass timber tower opens

Friday 29 Jul 2022

A historic milestone in the use of mass timber as a construction material has been passed with Korb + Associates Architects’ aptly-named Ascent tower was finally opened in Milwaukee on 15 July 2022.

Standing 25 stories and a total of 86.6 meters, the tower is now officially the world record holder for the largest mass timber structure in the world, surpassing Norway’s Mjøsa Tower by a scant 1.2 meters.

It cost US$80 million to construct and will provide Milwaukee’s East Town neighbourhood with a total of 259 apartment units built in partnership with structural engineers Thornton Tomasetti.

Ascent is now Milwaukee’s second mass timber residential development after the nearby Timber Lofts and will soon be joined by a 15-story design called The Edison, which is set to open next year.


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