Skyscrapers have been made out of concrete, glass, and steel since the first skyscraper was built. Before these building materials were used it was impossible to build that high – wood wouldn’t cut it. Wood wasn’t strong enough so steel had to be used for the core support structure.
Thanks to new techniques, that we’ve looked at before, skyscrapers can be built using wood. Wooden towers create less of a carbon footprint because cement and steel require a lot of energy to become useful whereas wood just grows on trees. In Amsterdam a 240-foot residential tower has been proposed and this is just one of many wooden tower projects being built around the world.
What developers hope will be theÂ worldâ€™s tallest timber towerÂ is currently under construction in Vancouver, and a growingÂ tall timber building trendÂ popular in Europe continues to gain momentum, with recent proposals for timber skyscrapers from cities such as London, Stockholm, and Bordeaux (Franceâ€™s fifth-largest city). Now Amsterdamâ€”whose skyline is not defined by high-rise buildingsâ€”has thrown its hat in the ring withÂ Haut, a 240-foot-tall timber residential tower designed by Dutch firmÂ Team V Architecture. Set to begin construction in the second half of 2017, Haut will be theÂ tallest timber tower in the NetherlandsÂ and possibly the world (depending on how quickly construction schedules go).