What Does the Tallest Wooden Tower Tell Us About the Future of Tall Wood Construction?

by Mar 29, 2020Tall Wood Construction0 comments

The world is full of tall timber buildings, with more fascinating skyscrapers being constructed now than ever before.

The towers of these timber structures encapsulate the beauty of modern towns, combining both new and classic designs.

The new tallest wooden buildings, reminiscent of Jenga, represent the eco-friendly and safe future of construction.

Currently, the single highest standing wooden tower in the world is in Oslo, Norway. The Mjosa tower, which is 85.4 meters tall holds the record as the tallest wooden tower. This impressive structure is 18-stories high and shows us what we can do with wood in modern times.

In Vancouver, a residential building is in the works that when built would be the tallest residential building in the world–made of wood.

Steel beams offer extra flexibility and strength, and concrete may be used on the ground floor and foundations to give a solid base for construction. However, wood can be the dominant material in the rest of the construction.

The structures of the future might be more than a mile high, engineered and designed with algae or plywood. Tall wood construction is all over the world including big cities like London, New York, Middle East cities and many more.

According to the prediction made by wood architects, it shows that by the year 2050 there is a nine percent chance the earth’s tallest structure will be a mile high and made of wood.

Huge timber buildings must be stable to withstand strong winds without swaying. The foundation underneath must be designed such that the structure can’t move when the base settles under its total weight.

But wood construction is the future. We’re betting on it.

Seagate Mass Timber is leading the revolution in “Big Wood” being used in all areas of construction. Seagate has offices in British Columbia, Canada and the US in Washington state.

If you have any questions about this article or would like to talk to us about your construction project, please call us at (604) 529-7685.

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