SOM TIMBER TOWERS
Skidmore, Owings and Merril, a design firm, released an idea for timber skyscrapers in 2013. The idea is simply to make towers as tall as current skyscrapers, but out of timber, using only reinforcements of concrete in strategic locations. The result of such construction, they claim, could cut the carbon footprint of towers by 75%.
I think that the resulting lines from all the timber construction is somewhat beautiful. It makes a refreshing change to the constant use of concrete and steel, and it would be nice to see something more natural in a city
The tower actually reminds me of a Japanese pagoda. This is due to the use of wood rising high up in layers. To an extent there are also familiarities to Chinese pagodas too, something worth bearing in mind considering there is a Chinese bell tower in the Arboretum.