Antonino Vultaggio: The Cradle – how we do things better than just “less bad”

27/02/2020 Emmilie Hansen

German HPP Architekten is developing The Cradle, Düsseldorf’s first hybrid timber construction office building. The Cradle is inspired by the Cradle to Cradle ® concept and shows how architecture makes the sustainable city possible.


At Build in Wood 27-28 May 2020, Antonino Vultaggio, Architect & Partner in HPP Architekten (DE), is one of the keynote speakers, and you can hear Antonino Vultaggio talk about how hybrid and wood buildings can minimize carbon footprint and how The Cradle is a way to do things better than just make them “less bad”.  In this post, you can read an interview with Antonino Vultaggio.


What is your perspective on wood and its role for green transition?

Thanks to natural growth, wood binds around 1 ton of CO2 per cubic metre. For producing 1 cubic meter of cement, on the other hand, an average of 1 ton of CO2 is arised. Building with wood therefore is an essential topic for the indispensable paradigm shift for ecologically compatible architecture.


From your perspective, what are the opportunities of building with wood?

Besides the ecological aspects, extensive prefabrication and factory finished surfaces allow a construction time reduction as well as a quality improvement by manufacturing in protected production rooms. For the environment, the reduction of noise emissions and construction waste does have a positive impact.


We hear a lot about the positive sides of wood. From your perspective, why don’t we use more wood in construction than we do today?

Currently there are no approved systems for fire protection in wood. This makes it difficult to construct large buildings in pure wood construction without encapsulating the load-bearing elements. Politics have started to rethink and as a result, more and more planners and manufacturers are looking at timber construction and its possibilities, so that a number of solutions can be expected in the next few years.


What will you be talking about at Build in Wood 2020, and will there be any specific key take-aways?

Exemplified by our project The Cradle in Düsseldorf, I will be talking about how we do things better than just make them “less bad”. The Cradle aims to generate a positive footprint for people and the environment: Besides improving the CO2 footprint of the project right from the start through timber, the user is offered a healthy and pleasant working atmosphere, which is achieved, among other things, by using non-toxic materials. The digitally linked Material Passport furthermore lists all the materials used, which provides precise information about the available stock and for later dismantling. The hybrid timber building thus becomes a material depot / an urban mine for the future city.


What do you hope the outcome for the participants at Build in Wood is?

Suggestions, solutions and the encouraging to go on with innovative approaches!


Experience Antonino Vultaggio at Build in Wood

Join Antonino Vultaggio at Build in Wood at Docken on 27-28 May, where you can discuss the potential of building with wood with the rest of the industry.

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