Most skyscrapers are behemoths of steel, glass, and reinforced concrete.
As part of an ongoing project, researchers at Cambridge University, architects at Perkins + Will, and engineers at Thornton Tomasetti are proposing a timber skyscraper, called the River Beech Tower, in Chicago, Illinois.
The team sees the wooden tower concept as an especially sustainable type of architecture since the material is renewable.
Take a look at their proposal below.
The River Beech Tower would be located along the Chicago River, according to Andy Tsay Jacobs, director of the Building Technology Lab at Perkins + Will.
On the outset, a wooden skyscraper sounds like it would be a dangerous place during a fire. But Jacobs said that generally, mass timber burns very slowly.
The material has a thick layer of wood that is 'designed to withstand structural loads even after other layers have burned off,' he added.