Why wooden skyscrapers are springing up across the world

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Why wooden skyscrapers are springing up across the world
Oakwood Tower, London
Why wooden skyscrapers are springing up across the world
Oakwood Tower, London

At 1,000 feet tall, it will only be overshadowed in London by The Shard.

But unlike that tapering glass structure, this 80-story tower, if given the green light for construction, will be made of timber — making it London’s first wooden skyscraper and the tallest wooden structure in the world.

Oakwood Tower is a proposed joint project by PLP Architecture and Cambridge University’s Department of Architecture. It’s an experiment in pushing the frontiers of building with wood, and is part of a growing movement to build in timber.

Lightweight, sustainable and even happiness-inducing, according to some experts, wood is being billed as the answer to creating greener cities.

And apparently, it can be more fire resistant than steel.

An explosion of timber towers, either built or proposed, has gripped the architecture world over the past five years, every one seemingly a recorder holder in some respect.

In 2012, the 10-story, 104-feet-high Forte residential block was erected overlooking Melbourne’s Victoria Harbour.

It was the world’s tallest timber building until The Treet in Central Bergen, Norway, stole that title in 2014, with an extra four stories. […]

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