World’s tallest wooden skyscraper planned in Tokyo

A Japanese company is usually planning to build the globe’s tallest wooden skyscraper with 0 percent of the building made of wood.

Sumitomo Forestry says its wooden high-rise — dubbed the W350 — will be 350 meters tall as well as the planned structure will be a hybrid of mostly wood as well as steel.

The 70-storey building, required to be built in Tokyo, will comprise of stores, offices, hotels as well as private homes, the company noted in plans released earlier in February.

Sumitomo Forestry, which notes on its website in which “happiness grows through trees,” said the idea aimed to create environmentally-friendly, timber-utilizing cities which “become forests through increased use of wooden architecture for high-rise buildings.”

Building with wood is usually still not cheap, however.

Using 185,000 cubic meters of timber, the building is usually required to cost around 0 billion Japanese yen ($5.6 billion) which is usually twice the amount of a conventional high-rise building constructed with current technology.

However, the company believed in which those costs might come down as timber became a more-frequently used material: “Going forward, the economic feasibility of the project will be enhanced by reducing costs through technological development.”

Currently the tallest wooden building is usually 18-storeys high (53 meters) as well as serves as accommodation for students at the University of British Colombia.

Greenery will feature heavily inside the building through Sumitomo Forestry with foliage connecting through the ground to top floors offering “a view of biodiversity in an urban setting.”

The building plans show balconies in which continue around all four sides of the building, giving a space “in which people can enjoy fresh outside air, rich natural elements as well as sunshine filtering through foliage.”

With earthquakes not unusual in Japan, the building will incorporate a structural system composed of braced tubes made through columns, beams as well as braces “to prevent deformation of the building due to lateral forces such as earthquakes or wind.”

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