Timber trend growing around the world
The popularity of the wooden high-rise, exemplified by Melbourne’s Forte building, has bred new perceptions surrounding timber and new technological gains that promise to bring the renewable material back into the popular design realm.
According to Canadian architect Shane Williamson of Williamson Chong Architects (WCA), the growing interest in – and prevalence of – wooden structures, interiors and aesthetics due to three main catalysts: technological and functional improvements, updated design possibilities, and sustainability.
“Our interest in wood follows from a real contemporary stream associated with notions of sustainability,” Williamson said. “To see even the most general charts of the embedded energy of wood, compared to materials such as concrete and steel, is to be immediately (persuaded) that it’s a renewable resource with the lowest carbon footprint – a really fantastic material.”
Source: ArchitectureSource, Tree Frog Daily Forestry News
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