Tokyo plans more high-rise skyscrapers of wood

Sumitomo Forestry

A Japanese company plans to build the world, is the highest skyscraper of wood, to mark their 350th anniversary in 2041.

Sumitomo Forestry, said the 10% of the 70 plants W350 tower would be steel, combined with around 180,000 cubic metres of indigenous wood, enough to build about 8,000 homes, and the trees and the foliage on the balconies at each level.

A “reinforced tube structure”, diagonal steel vibration-control keys in the center of a 350m (1,150 feet) of wood and steel column to protect against Tokyo’s regular earthquakes, he said.

The estimated cost of construction is approximately 600bn yen (£4.02 bn) – about double the cost of a conventional skyscraper of the same size.

But Sumitomo said it expects costs to drop before completion due to technological advances.

A 53m block of student flats in the city of Vancouver was currently the world’s tallest wooden skyscraper, the Guardian reported.

The W350 tower would be used for offices, shops, hotels and homes.