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World's Tallest Wooden Tower May Soon Rise in Sweden

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Over in Stockholm, Scandinavian architecture firm C. F. Møller wants to build the planet's tallest timber tower, a 34-story wooden skyscraper (called, get this, "Wooden Skyscraper") that would stand a whole 28 stories taller than North America's soon-to-be tallest wooden building. According to the architects, the structure, a residential complex constructed by way of wooden pillars, beams, walls, and ceilings, all encased within a glass façade, would be cheaper to build and better for the environment than buildings erected via the steel-and-concrete route.

C. F. Møller's Ola Jonsson makes the following case: timber production releases much less carbon dioxide than steel or concrete production, he states, which is a significant factor considering that construction accounts for 30 to 40 percent of the world's carbon dioxide generated from humans. Indeed, Jonsson tells Dezeen, "the main reason it hasn't been done before is that concrete and steel have a big part of the market." Plus, being so much lighter, wood costs a lot less to transport.

According to the project description, each apartment will boast a glass-covered veranda and solar panels on the building's roof.

Ah, but it's not 100 percent timber. Plans include concrete core, though Jonsson says this, too, could be replaced with wood, though "we believe a modern building should use every material for its best purpose," he says.

· C. F. Møller Designs World's Tallest Wooden Skyscraper [Dezeen]
· Please Say Hey to North America's 'Tallest' Wood Building [Curbed National]