This one is a bit aspirational, but I’m liking the gusto and what I see. A 70 story tall high rise building in Japan made almost entirely out of wood.
While there’s plenty to talk about on a technical level (I’ll keep it brief and really only cover the one most likely sticking out in your mind, that of, of course, fire: Thick members of wood are surprisingly fire resistant, which is why you can’t just use a match or even a torch to directly light up a big log), it’s the expressive design that I’m loving the most. It’s wood as far as the eye can see with that lattice-like design that wraps around the building. Very fun to look at, and as a bonus the lattice work creates a sort of double skin, shading the building and providing plenty of space for walkways, balconies, circulation, and a whole bunch of gardens.
I’m excited to see this come to fruition. Built right with the materials properly sourced (from FSC forestry) this is great in all sorts of ways, and it’d be a lovely addition to any city skyline.
Designed by Nikken Sekkei for Sumitomo Forestry.