Japanese company Sumitomo Forestry has unveiled preliminary designs for a building that is set to become the world’s tallest timber skyscraper in Tokyo and the world’s biggest recyclable building.
The proposed 350-metres tall tower will form part of the W350 Project, a mixed-use environmentally friendly development designed by Nikken Sekkei.
W350’s framework will be made of a hybrid timber-steel structure which the company believes will ‘transform the city into a forest’. Meanwhile, the interior will feature exposed wood in an attempt to bring people closer to nature.
The firm aims to complete the construction of the building by 2041, to mark Sumitomo’s 350th anniversary.
It is estimated to need over 6.5 million cubic feet of wood and will cost approximately 600 billion yen to build.
The company holds high hopes that the innovative project will promote timber architecture in urban areas and also kickstart a revival of the forestry industry in rural areas and interest in reforestation.