Three Reasons Why It’s a Good Idea to Build a Skyscraper Out of Wood
Sumitomo Forestry Co., Ltd.
More architects are turning to wood to build their skyscrapers, and there are compelling reasons why they should ditch concrete and steel. Using wood instead of conventional building materials cuts both carbon emissions and costs.
Japanese architects want to turn modern-day cities into wooden forests, quite literally. Japanese firm Sumitomo Forestry unveiled its designs for what would be the tallest wooden building in the world — a 350-meter (1,148-foot) skyscraper, dubbed as the W350 Project.
The building, slated to be completed by 2041, would be made of 90 percent specially processed wood, and 10 percent steel. But it’s not your run-of-the-mill timber that’s going to be built so high into the sky — the building would likely be made of cross-laminated timber, a material made of many sheets of wood glued and compressed together. The final result is a plank that’s more robust than steel. If one of the little piggies built its house from this stuff, even to the heights of the W350 project, then no amount of the wolf’s huffing or puffing could take it down.
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