A proposed 80-story skyscraper aims to stand out in the London skyline by using an unconventional construction material—wood
A group of architects recently presented their concept for the building to London Mayor Boris Johnson, according to Wired UK. Their proposal—part of a growing movement to use wood in high-rise construction—notes that the renewable material is affordable, speeds construction and reduces the building’s overall weight.
The 984-ft. (300-m) building would become part of the Barbican Centre, a performing arts complex built in the early 1980s.
Wood is coming back in style as a construction material as builders across the globe are using new engineered woods that allow for taller, stronger buildings than normal timber, according to a CNN report on the trend.
The world’s tallest wooden skyscraper, a 275-ft. (84-m) building, is now under construction in Vienna, CNN reports.