Vertical Timber ‘ visions’ for tomorrow now on show!

In Blog by Trevor


Another round right here of the ‘more and more’ news and chat on the rise and rise of timber ‘skyscrapers’ and tower blocks in the World of tomorrow.

This week the Editor spotted a news report online by the CTI about of an eye-catching exhibition on the ‘high rise’ future of the timber ‘skyscraper’ 

From now to mid May, the Roca London Gallery by Zaha Hadid Architects hosts an exhibition highlighting the city timber high rise buildings of the future.

This free event focuses on the most significant timber and glulam projects carried out to date worldwide also interviewing engineers, architects and designers.

The exhibition showcases examples of completed projects which sit alongside more ambitious concept and research proposals, higlighting what is possible today and what may be possible in the future – with changing building codes and new thinking by developers, governments and the construction industry – for the cities of tomorrow.

Explain the organisers,Studio Woode and Clare Farrow,”A timber revolution is in the air. In the last decade, a new phenomenon has occurred in architectural practice: the beginning of vertical building in wood.

A number of architects working closely with world-class scientists and engineers, are experimenting with new engineered timber products including CLT (cross-laminated timber), predicting a future in which wood will potentially supersede concrete and steel in an effort to confront some of the most pressing issues of our time: high density cities, climate change, the housing crisis, and mental health.

High-rise (and mid-rise) mass timber structures combine lightness, speed and strength, with sustainability, humanity and wellbeing.

Research is showing that the use of these engineered products, which still preserve the beauty, scent and warmth of wood, can benefit our own health as well as the environment, though the timber must be sourced from responsibly managed forests.

Significantly lighter than concrete and steel, and using far less energy in the construction process, mass timber absorbs and sequesters CO2 in a remarkable way.

For the first time, this exhibition puts these timber developments (which are still evolving) into historical context and examines this new phenomenon in architecture, addressing issues of safety and urban health as well as the intimate human connection to wood including concepts such as Biophilia.”

View the event on the CTI Industry Calendar here.