Japanese builder unveils plans for worlds tallest timber skyscraper in Tokyo

February 15, 2018 by  
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Japanese builder and developer Sumitomo Forestry has unveiled designs for the world’s tallest timber skyscraper in the heart of Tokyo. Designed by Nikken Sekkei , the 1,148-foot-tall wooden tower will form part of the W350 Project, a mixed-use environmentally friendly development that the firms aim to complete in 2041 to mark Sumitomo’s 350th anniversary. The company says these steel-and-timber structures will help “transform the city into a forest.” Early renderings of the W350 project show the timber buildings covered in greenery and filled with natural light as part of Sumitomo’s message of promoting a healthier living environment. The buildings will be built to withstand earthquakes and be constructed with a 9:1 ratio of wood to steel. The development’s skyscraper centerpiece will house a hotel, offices, retail and residences. When complete, it will not only be the tallest timber tower in the world but also the tallest building in Japan. Related: Magnificent timber skyscraper will sequester carbon and add greenery to Bordeaux W350 is estimated to need over 6.5 million cubic feet of wood and cost approximately 600 billion yen. While the building framework will be made of a hybrid timber-steel structure, the interior will feature exposed wood in an attempt to bring people closer to nature. The company hopes that the project will popularize timber architecture and help jumpstart a revitalization of the forestry industry in rural areas and interest in reforestation . + Sumitomo Forestry + Nikken Sekkei Via Telegraph Images via Sumitomo Forestry

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PLP Architecture unveils the design for London’s first timber tower

June 20, 2016 by  
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Architects are finally recognizing the versatility of wood by building innovative timber-framed structures that offer an alternative to traditional steel and concrete construction. Over the last few decades, the trend of building with timber has expanded to include such challenging buildings as high-rises. Now,  PLP Architecture and researchers from the University of Cambridge teamed up to design London’s first timber tower and, if realized, the city’s second tallest building, after The Shard. The 80-story Oakwood Tower will house up to 1,000 new living units. Renderings show two adjoinging structures protruding above the concrete blocks of the Barbican housing estate and its arts center designed in the 1950s. As a lightweight and versatile alternative to traditional construction materials, timber allows for faster constructi PLP Architecture and researchers from the University of Cambridge teamed up to design London’s first timber tower on and lowers carbon emission . Related: Bordeaux’ Canopia tower will be one of the tallest timber frame structures in the world “The use of timber as a structural material in tall buildings is an area of emerging interest for its variety of potential benefits; the most obvious being that it is a renewable resource , unlike prevailing construction methods which use concrete and steel,” said a statement from the University of Cambridge. + PLP Architecture + University of Cambridge Department of Architecture Via Dezeen

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130-foot Framework tower slated to become the tallest wooden building in the US

January 4, 2016 by  
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Japan’s CYIN House on stilts shelters a small winter garden like a canopy

December 31, 2015 by  
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Hilltop Residence is a dynamic stone and timber-clad retreat in New Zealand that integrates with the environment

December 31, 2015 by  
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Sculptural floating kayak club doubles as a beautiful community space in Denmark

December 7, 2015 by  
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Spanish architects reuse railway sleepers to build a sculptural library extension

November 25, 2015 by  
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Africa’s fastest solar power project was built in one year

November 25, 2015 by  
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Rwanda, perhaps best known as a once war-torn nation in the middle of Africa, has garnered the attention of clean energy advocates around the globe for constructing the fastest solar power project on the continent . The solar farm, situated in the famous green hills 37 miles east of the capital, Kigali, has a capacity of 8.5 megawatts (MW), That’s enough energy to power nearly 1,400 homes in the United States. For a rural nation like Rwanda, the same amount of energy has a much broader impact. But it’s not the size of the project that has wowed critics as much as the speed. The entire $24 million solar field went from contracts to connection in just one year. Read the rest of Africa’s fastest solar power project was built in one year

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Tokyo’s first multistory building made of 100% wood overcomes rigid fire regulations

November 9, 2015 by  
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Highest CO2 concentrations on record comprise Earth’s new “permanent reality”

November 9, 2015 by  
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It can’t really be a surprise to discover that CO2 levels have reached an all-time high. Record concentrations of carbon dioxide are prompting United Nations experts to urge world leaders to take swift action to curb emissions . In projections , the Earth’s atmospheric CO2 level is on track to reach a point equivalent to 143 percent of pre-industrial times. This milestone, which is expected to be reached next year, has the head of the UN’s weather agency calling for immediate action to cut carbon emissions in an attempt to steer away from a new “permanent reality” in which the Earth is irreparably scarred from the effects of climate change. Read the rest of Highest CO2 concentrations on record comprise Earth’s new “permanent reality”

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