Tipping toward a timber skyline

By: Viknesh Ashley Clarence

Behold the future, a 34-storey plyscraper residential tower designed for the center of Stockholm, by Architects C.F.Moller, as part of a design competition. Source: CNN

Behold the future, a 34-storey plyscraper residential tower designed for the center of Stockholm, by Architects C.F.Moller, as part of a design competition. Source: CNN

As pollution is on the rise globally, architects are already implementing timber alternatives that can be used to create more sustainable environs.

One particular material that has the potential of greening the environment is none other than wood. This material has been widely used by mankind since prehistoric times without causing much harm to Mother Nature.

Buildings using this material for construction include the 10-storey Forte building and in Melbourne as well as a newest addition by architect White Arkitekter dubbed the “Sida vid Sida” or side by side.

The proposed towering timber structure will stand tall at 19 levels high and will be built in the Swedish city of Skelleftea, purposed as a cultural center and hotel.

It is yet unknown if the 19 storey building would take its place as the tallest wooden tower globally however, it will be the tallest wooden structure to be constructed within the Nordic region.

It is clear that the future would see an increase in plyscrapers, with leading engineers and architects such as White Arkitekter adopting the concept.

Trees have the ability of absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, even in an engineered timber form. When builders globally decide to use wood instead of concrete as a material to build, the carbon footprint across the globe will significantly drop.

The only downside to the plyscraper concept is its effects on the global tree count that is already at a dire state.

If the plyscraper concept is to be successfully implemented trees must be grown in nurseries to replace the ones used for construction and through the course of implementation the world should become more sustainable as compared to now, as production of steel and concrete in itself creates much harm to the environment.

The conversion of using wood as a main material for construction will not occur over night, it will in fact take a lengthy period of time especially with the alarming rate in which skyscrapers are completed worldwide.

Developers should therefore take this into consideration and increase awareness of the implementation of plyscrapers that may slightly reduce the large carbon footprint that the world is currently facing.

 

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