When you think of skyscrapers, you probably think of tall shiny boxes made of concrete, steel and shimmering glass.  But an ancient material is making inroads into the skyscraper domain… wood.  New engineering techniques for wood with fire and weather treatments is allowing this versatile material to be used as structural and decorative elements in tall buildings.  Below are wonderful examples of this new breed of architecture.

Tall wood: 34 storey skyscraper proposed for Stockholm

Wood construction is all the rage these days, and for good reason; wood is renewable and it stores carbon. New technologies like Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) have busted the traditional limits on height. Now architects and engineers are pushing that height limit; Berg | C.F.

‘Plyscrapers’: The rise of the wooden skyscraper

When the Ingalls Building in Cincinnati, Ohio was unveiled in 1903, no one believed it would still be standing over a century later. In fact, it wasn’t expected to last the night. The towering, 16-storey behemoth was the first concrete skyscraper in world history.

Get Ready for Skyscrapers Made of Wood. (Yes, Wood)

When Chicago’s John Hancock Center was built in 1965, it required 5 million pounds of aluminum, roughly enough metal to manufacture the equivalent of 96 tour buses. Five years later, engineers did Hancock one better when they constructed the Sears Tower, a 1,400 foot skyscraper that used more than 176 million pounds of steel.

2017: The year wood construction grew like a weed

Looking back on 2017 it is hard to know where to start, there was so much happening. It’s the year that wood construction really went mainstream, everywhere. We are not even going to discuss the fantasy projects, just the real stuff being built by real architects.

Oakwood Tower

London

by PLP Architects

The River Beech Tower

Chicago

By Perkins + Will

The Lodge

Holland

by PLP Architects

Brock Commons

British Colombia

by Acton Ostry Architects

T3

Minneapolis

by Michael Green Architects