Unlike any regular skyscraper, this skyscraper is going to use wood in its construction. Researchers at Cambridge University, engineers at Thornton Tomasetti and architects at Perkins + Will are aiming to design a timber skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois, which they would like to call the River Beech Tower since it would be located along the Chicago River.
The idea behind the wooden skyscraper came from the need to have sustainable material for construction of buildings. The project, if completed, could revolutionize the sustainable architecture industry. Have a look some of the most wonderful features of the timber skyscraper:
An intricate facade will be guarding the front of the 80-story skyscraper:
The tower is said to be located along the Chicago River:
The tower would also serve as an office building:
Since the mass timber burns very slowly, the building will be safe from fire:
The tower constructed out of wood could be a glimpse of the future of buildings constructed out of sustainable material.
“By 2050, it is projected that the number of people living in urban areas will double,” said Jacob, “To meet the demand for more building stock, architects and builders should consider using wood, because it is a renewable resource that can perform at skyscraper scale.”
While it is hard to predict if the River Beech Tower project gets approval or not, the idea can still be a glimpse of the future of sustainable buildings.