Jose Gustavo Garzon won Metsä Wood’s Hybrid City Challenge competition by turning the iconic Seagram Building into a hybrid building. Garzon redesigned the building by combining Metsä Wood’s Kerto® LVL (laminated veneer lumber) with steel and concrete structures, resulting in a lighter and more sustainable skyscraper.
The Seagram Building located in Manhattan, New York, is regarded as a functional architectural masterpiece of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. In functionalism, form follows function, so the architecture and structure are simple and serve the purpose of the building.
The structure of the 39-storey Seagram Building is a plain steel column grid wrapped in concrete and covered with bronze at square intervals. To make the building wind resistant, there is a heavy concrete core until the 17th level, and from the 18th to 29th levels there is a steel structure with struts. In the upper floors, the structure consists of simple steel posts and beams.