A company in Japan proposed a challenge with which it wants to make history: to build the tallest wooden skyscraper in the world.
The construction of tall buildings from wood is probably as old as humanity. 1,400 years ago, the Japanese built multi-storey pagodas that are still standing today, defying weather conditions and earthquakes.
Until February of this year, the tallest wooden building in the world was the Brocks Commons Tallwood House, a student dormitory at the University of British Columbia designed by Acton Ostry Architects.
This entirely wooden building in Bergen, southwestern Norway can house up to 62 apartments. The Treet, as this residential tower is called, is nearly 53 meters high and has 14 floors. Until 2015 it was the tallest wooden building in the world.
Despite of all the advantages, the use of wood to construct tall buildings faces challenges. One challenge is the need to win the minds of people: no one should find it amazing that 30 story buildings can be made of wood.
Construction of buildings can be greener and wood offers a set of advantages and benefits that were ignored for years.
Climate change and population growth are intimately related.
The Buddhist temple Horyu-ji, in Japan, is composed of several buildings. Its five-story wood-and-stucco pagoda, originally built in 607, stands out as the oldest wooden construction in the world: it is more than 1,400 years old.
The building was conceived as an icon of sustainable architecture and engineering, a hallmark of responsible, environmentally friendly silviculture.