Inside Forté: The World's Tallest Timber Apartment Building


Completed in 2012, it is made entirely from wood and stands at 32.17 metres tall in Melbourne's inner-east suburb, Docklands.

Comprising 23 boutique apartments and four townhouses, Forté is a sustainable, eco-friendly residential tower that blends modern architecture with a natural building material called Cross Laminated Timber (CLT).


Cross Laminated Timber

CLT is a lightweight material which has a structural strength similar to concrete and steel. It is made from solid wood panels strengthened through layered lamination.

Used throughout Europe for over a decade, CLT is prefabricated and digitally designed, with minimal waste from production and 80 per cent of waste from the construction site is recycled.

CLT improves efficiencies, safety and speed in construction, is 30 per cent more efficient to use and has a far lower carbon footprint than other building materials.

The use of CLT means Forté will be able to reduce CO2 equivalent emissions by more than 1,400 tonnes – the same as taking 345 cars off the road.


Sustainable and Eco-Friendly

Forté has been designed to deliver a product that improves the health and wellbeing of residents while also protecting the environment.

The walls, floors and ceilings of Forté have also been constructed from timber, making Forté a non-toxic environment as it it free from Low VOC paints, carpets and adhesives which can impact health.

Each Forté residence features a balcony vegetable garden and multiple environmentally friendly features making it one of Australia's greenest apartment buildings.

The green features include rainwater tanks that collect rain from the roof that is used to assist the building's toilet and fire systems.

LED lights with motion sensor technology reduces electricity consumption and a smart meter feature enables monitoring of the apartment's energy and water use in real time.

Forté is one of Australia's first 5 Star Green-Star As Built projects.

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