PLP Architecture and the University of Cambridge have designed an 80-story tower for London's Barbican Estate that will be built entirely out of cross-laminated timber (CLT). The building will have 1 million square feet and will be the world's tallest wooden tower if it is built. PLP and the University of Cambridge have also designed the building to meet all the necessary safety and fire codes.
Cross-laminated timber is quickly gaining a reputation as a feasible substitute for glass and concrete because, according to the American Wood Council, CLT is renewable, sustainable and reduces a building’s carbon footprint. According to the proposal from PLP and the University of Cambridge, CLT panels also cost less, shrink construction schedules and reduce a building’s weight, Wired reported.
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