Japan Gears Up To Construct World's Tallest Wooden Skyscraper

The tower will be complete with balconies on all sides which will have elements of the hanging garden.

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Japan is all set to construct world’s tallest skyscraper in the city of Tokyo. An initiative of the Sumitomo Forestry Co, the draft of the project includes building a 70-floor tower which will be 1,148ft (350 metre) tall. The project will mark the 350th anniversary in 2041.

Named ‘W350 Project’ by the wood products company, the structure will stand as an example of 'urban development that is kind for humans'.

The Japanese government has always been vocal about the benefits of wooden structures when it comes to buildings and architecture. In fact, in 2010, it even went to bring about a law of making three floors of the public buildings out of wood, a must.

The company released a press note in which it said: "Under this concept, greenery on the earth will contribute to buildings and cities, making over cities as forests.

"Buildings that are full of greenery will form a network that is linked to the biosphere of living creatures such as wild birds and insects, contributing to the biodiversity of cities."

 Source: sumitomo forestry co

The tower will be constructed of 10% steel and 200,000 cubic metres of indigenous wood. The interiors, on the other hand, will be made of 100% wood and would house around 8,000 homes along with shops and office space.

The tower will be complete with balconies on all sides which will have elements of the hanging garden.

The estimated cost of construction is 600 billion yen (£4.02bn / $5.65bn) which is twice as much than constructing a normal building of same height. But the company has assured that with the help of technological advancement, the prices will be lowered. The completion date is now being worked out.

It is not just Japan but countries like the US and Canada too have wooden abodes and towers. The River Beech Tower is being planned in the US on the banks of the Chicago River is a whopping 800ft (244m) tall.

 Source: sumitomo forestry co

However, the tallest one as of now is the one in Canada, a 174ft (53m) tower in Vancouver. Well, tallest until at least until W350 Project is made!

Information source: ladbible

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