Chicago's 80-story tall wooden skyscraper plans explained

The building would include green spaces for visitors and residents.


NSFW    CHICAGO — Architectural firm Perkins and Will, along with engineers Thronton Tomasetti and the University of Cambridge conceptualized a wooden skyscraper to be built along the Chicago River in 2017.

Called the River Beech Tower, the 80-story high tower would be part of the Chicago's River Beech project.

The team would only use real and commercially available timber materials for construction, according to the firm's website.

The structure would consist of a diagrid system on its exterior. This would take advantage of the timber's natural axial strength, reports ArchDaily.

The building would include 300 residential apartments as well as various skyparks that would feature in its interior for visitors and residents. The green spaces would be visible from the outside through the building's wide windows.

The River Beech Project will consist of ten other buildings, a green space as well as a river walk, according to Travel and Leisure.
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