Could conventional steel and concrete get the boot when it comes to building skyscrapers? Architect Michael Green thinks so. Greens firm, along with other architectural partners, and estate group REI France recently proposed an idea to Reinventer Paris to build what would be the tallest wooden building in the world. Reinventer Paris is a design competition that looks for new ideas to reinvent architecture in Paris. The structure Green designed would be 35 stories tall and be the center for the “Baobab” complex. The complex as a whole would include a student hotel, green space, bus station, and e-car hub.
Why switch to wood you might ask? Well, there are many reasons other than the fact that these wooden buildings look beautiful and being environmentally Green is one of them. “Wood, unlike steel and concrete, sequesters carbon dioxide storing it away for the life of the building it's in” says Green. Also, Wood is a renewable resource grown by the sun making it change the way things are built in the future.
Michael Green is not the only person who is trying to change our conventional building supplies; Some other architects agree with Green and are also jumping on the bandwagon. In Vienna, Austria they will start working on a 275-foot structure almost completely made of wood. Also possibly in Stockholm a 34 story apartment block could begin construction in 2023. In Prince George, Northern British Columbia, MGA has built a 97-foot tall Wood Innovation and Design Center. These are just a few of the places wooden buildings have been or could be popping up at.
So what do you think? Are these beautiful buildings going to take the world by storm and will wood become the new norm? We love these beautiful, environmentally friendly buildings and can't wait to see what comes from it!