“Building skyscrapers out of wood: It sounds bizarre, unsafe, maybe even a bit twee. But it could actually be the future of construction”. Now enter the River Beech Tower project, an 800-foot residential skyscraper that would be built almost entirely out of wood. Similar plans are underway in London, Stockholm, and other cities. Eighteen-story buildings made of timber already exist in Vancouver and Minneapolis, while other structures have popped up in Norway and New Zealand.
- The global architectural firm Perkins+Will is behind the building of an 800 ft. Skyscraper set to be constructed almost entirely of wood.
- The wooden, residential skyscraper, known as the “River Beech Tower Project,” will be erected to be a part of Chicago’s downtown.
- A world where we built a lot more skyscrapers out of wood would almost certainly be a more environmentally friendly place.
“The field of wooden skyscrapers is young. But like the trees it relies upon, it may yet grow into something remarkable.”