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LifeCycle Tower One – first timber-hybrid constructed tower “Made in Austria”

January 16, 2013

Cree GmbH finished a showcase project of sustainable building

The LifeCycle Tower One, located in Dornbirn, Austria, is a one of a kind building. The eight-story building was erected in just eight days by the Austrian construction company Cree GmbH. It is the first building to use a flexible and modular construction system for sustainable buildings. The LCT One is a showpiece of the timber-hybrid construction system, which was developed throughout many years of research by a team of experts from all fields of sustainable construction.

The LCT building system brings along a lot of advantages: resource and energy efficiency, greatly reduced CO2 footprint and shorter construction time, thereby resulting in reduced cost. Furthermore it represents a sustainable building system for cities and urban areas, which drastically reduces the use of resources, and thereby contributing to the development of smart cities.

Due to the prefabricated modules which were installed around the central core of reinforced concrete, construction time was very short. A true milestone was the use of timber for major structural components (ceilings, columns). this never having been used before for load-bearing components in buildings of this type. The project was supported by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency as well as by the Federal Ministry for Transportation, Innovation and Technology under the “Building of Tomorrow” program and has been nominated for a National Award for Innovation in Austria.

In August 2012 the first tenant companies together with Cree GmbH itself moved into the LCT One – the first timber-hybrid highrise in the world. Another project using the LCT system started in March 2012. A new water power competence center for Vorarlberger Illwerke AG is being built. With a floor area of about 10,000 m2 it will be one of the largest office buildings in the world constructed of wood.

About Cree GmbH:
Cree GmbH is part of the internationally renowned Rhomberg Group. It is a construction company that focuses on developing new ideas and strategies for sustainable handling and living with nature and its resources. For more information about Cree GmbH click on the following link: .