Tokyo set to build the world’s tallest timber tower

A Tokyo skyscraper is set to become the world’s tallest wooden building. Japanese company Sumitomo Forestry says its 1,148-feet-tall timber tower will be completed in 2041, to mark the 350th anniversary of the business that year. The W350 tower will cost an estimated 600 billion yen ($5.6 billion) to build.
The 70-story tower will be a hybrid structure made from 90% wooden materials. A steel vibration-control framework will underpin the design — an important feature in a city where earthquakes are frequent. Green balconies will populate the skyscraper’s exterior, connecting the building to its environment. (21/02/2018)