It promises to be sustainable, durable – and more fire resistant than steel and concrete.

But it remains to be seen whether a pioneering 34-storey sky scraper made entirely of wood will woo over potential residents.

Architects hope to build the towering high-rise in Stockholm, Sweden, and claim that the skyscraper is ‘cheaper, easier and more sustainable than typical steel and concrete constructions’.

 
Architectural firms C.F. Møller and Dinell Johansson and consultant Tyréns propose to build the world's tallest wooden skyscraper in Stockholm, Sweden

Architectural firms C.F. Møller and Dinell Johansson and consultant Tyréns propose to build the world’s tallest wooden skyscraper in Stockholm, Sweden

 

 
Head for heights: Wood is also a cheaper alternative to steel and concrete, because it costs less to transport

Head for heights: Wood is also a cheaper alternative to steel and concrete, because it costs less to transport

 
Solar panels will power the building, and each apartment will come with a glass-covered verandah

Solar panels will power the building, and each apartment will come with a glass-covered verandah

The grand design is the brain child of architectural firms C.F. Møller and Dinell Johansson and consultant Tyréns, who  propose to build the world’s tallest wooden skyscraper in Stockholm, Sweden.

C. F. Møller architect Ola Jonsson explained that wood is a cheaper alternative to steel and concrete, because it costs less to transport, and its production emits less CO2 emissions than steel or concrete,Design Taxi reported.

Another benefit to using wood is that it can be treated so that it has increased fire resistance compared to steel or concrete.

 
Another benefit to using wood is that it has increased fire resistance compared to steel or concrete

Another benefit to using wood is that it has increased fire resistance compared to steel or concrete

 

 
Architects hope to build the towering high-rise in Stockholm, Sweden, and claim that the skyscraper is cheap and sustainable

Architects hope to build the towering high-rise in Stockholm, Sweden, and claim that the skyscraper is cheap and sustainable

The imaginative structure was created for HSB Stockholm’s architectural competition – and relies on a number of features to improve its green credentials.

Solar panels will power the building, and each apartment will come with a glass-covered verandah.

The building will also have greenery creeping up the side of the building,Design Build Sourcereported.

The eye-catching design will have wooden pillars and frames, that will all be visible through the structure’s glass facade, dezeen reported.

Architects say that while wood would be typically regarded as being a potential fire hazard, it’s properties mean that it is not necessarily a fire hazard.

This is because wood mass is made up of 15 per cent water, which will evaporate before the wood actually burns in a fire situation.

And although wood may seem like a delicate substance from which to build a soaring skyscraper, the architects claim that while it is lightweight, it can bear heavy loads.

It is not the first time Sweden has out wood to good use – the country is already home to a seven-floor wooden building.

For more information visit dinelljohansson.se

 

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