Forests in Cities

18 March 2018
nature Views

A century ago, we were competing to build the tallest skyscrapers out of steel and concrete, now architects see the value of using wood and are racing to build the best designs out of timber, more precisely with cross-laminated timber (CLT) and glue-laminated timber (GLULAM). The added value of timber is that it stores carbon and that it is lighter while being as resistant as metals; the lighter weight and the ease with which it can be prefabricated and cut to fit specific spaces means that it better for design and for the environment.

The trend to integrate trees in the urban fabric of cities and wood in architectural structures is growing rapidly. This photo essay highlights some of the latest buildings being built with timber and the tallest examples of design plans to reach above 300 meters in different cities around the world. From London to Toronto to Milan to Tokyo, the race is on amongst city planners, construction companies and architect firms to reach the highest peaks – literally with the tops of their buildings and in terms of ensuring greater sustainability.

  • ABOVE: KNARVIK COMMUNITY CHURCH, KNARVIK , NORWAY. © REIULF RAMSTAD ARKITEKTER, PHOTO BY HUNDVEN CLEMENTS

  • VALLEY, AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS. © MVRDV

  • AGRO-MAIN-VILLE, ROMAINVILLE-PARIS, FRANCE. © ABF-LAB

  • BAOBAB, PARIS, FRANCE. © MICHAEL GREEN ARCHITECTURE

  • W350, TOKYO, JAPAN. © SUMITOMO FORES4TR3Y

  • 25 VERDE, TURIN, ITALY. © LUCIANO PIA, PHOTO BY BEPPE GIARDINO

  • BOSCO VERTICALE, MILAN, ITALY. © STEFANO BOERI ARCHITECTS

  • HYPÉRION, BORDEAUX, FRANCE. © JEAN-PAUL VIGUIER ET ASSOCIÉS

  • PUUKUOKKA HOUSING BLOCK, JYVÄSKYLÄ, FINLAND. © OOPEAA

  • OAKWOOD TIMBER TOWER , LONDON, UK. © COURTESY OF PLP ARCHITECTURE

  • TORONTO TREE TOWER, TORONTO, CANADA © PENDA, TMBER