W350, the amazing Japanese project to build the largest wooden building in the world
If they tell you that in Japan they are going to build a 350 meters high skyscraper, you will probably not be so surprised, but what if they tell you that the structure is going to become the largest wooden building on the planet? This is what they call Project W350 .
This has been announced by the Japanese company Sumitomo Forestry, who are planning to build a skyscraper in the center of Tokyo that will literally leave all the previous wooden structures in the shade. The ultimate goal of the company is “to create a city that respects the environment with high-rise buildings made of wood that also help transform the city into a forest “.
According to Telegraph , the building concept was developed by the Tsukuba Research Laboratory. They designed a plan for the skyscraper with 70 floors above ground level and composed of wood and steel, although wood represents 90% of the construction material.
For this project, the tower will require an investment of more than 4 billion dollars, and at this moment they are already working with the architectural designers Nikken Sekkei.
The entire tower will house stores, offices, a hotel and residential flats, and when completed, the W350 Project will be the tallest building in Japan and the tallest wooden structure on the planet.
So far, the record for the tallest wooden building in the world is held by the Brock Commons Tallwood House, a student complex that opened at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver last fall.
By the way, in addition to the commercial plans of the building, as you can see in the sketches there will also be small gardens and spaces covered with vegetation. All this with a very clear purpose: to popularize the architecture of wood and help to promote a revitalization of the forest industry in rural areas and the self-interest in reforestation.