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Tallest Wooden Skyscraper to Plant Itself in Tokyo

Tallest Wooden Skyscraper to Plant Itself in Tokyo

(Sumitomo Forestry)

By    |   Tuesday, 20 February 2018 01:06 PM

The world’s tallest wooden skyscraper is expected to tower nearly 1,200 feet above Tokyo’s streets, casting a shadow over the current highest wooden structure that reaches about 180 feet into the sky, Japanese company Sumitomo Forestry revealed.

The 70-story wooden high-rise, which has been named W350, will be comprised mostly of wood and steel, and will feature stores, offices, hotels and private homes, CNBC reported.

Sumitomo Forestry said its aim was to pave the way for cities to utilize timber for development in a more environmentally-friendly manner and said it hoped to expand on the concept of using wooden structures as a roadmap for future technologies to incorporate timber as an effective building material.

The hybrid structure will combine 180,000 cubic meters of indigenous wood with 10 percent steel, with internal beams and braces designed to withstand the regular earthquakes and other natural phenomenon that hit the region, The Independent reported.

The building itself will feature balconies on all four sides and greenery will be incorporated in the design, from the ground to the top floor.

W350 is expected to be reach nearly seven times the height of the current tallest wooden structure, a student residence at the University of British Colombia, Vancouver, Fortune reported.

The building is expected to cost around $5.6 billion, or 600 billion Japanese yen, CNBC said.

Although that’s almost double what a conventional high-rise building designed with current technology would cost, the company is hoping that amount would drop as timber became a more-frequently used building material.

Sumitomo Forestry noted that at least two third of Japan’s land area was made up of forests, yet the country only boasted a 30 percent self-supply rate for domestically-produced timber.

“Although the large amounts of Japanese cedar and Japanese cypress planted after the Second World War have now reached the time for harvesting, they are being left in an unmaintained state as devastation of our domestic forests continues,” the company said.

“It is crucial to use these trees and replant them after harvesting to encourage sustainability of forests.”

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The world’s tallest wooden skyscraper is expected to tower nearly 1,200 feet above Tokyo’s streets, casting a shadow over the current highest wooden structure that reaches about 180 feet into the sky, Japanese company Sumitomo Forestry revealed.
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