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.
While the River Beech Tower may never be built, the designers aim to explore how a super-tall, wooden skyscraper might be developed in the future.
Brock Commons, an 18-story student dorm at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, is currently the tallest wooden building in existence.
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