A Wooden Skyscraper

We build houses from wood. From wood you can build gardening equipment, cupboards, airplanes, kitchen utensils, children’s toys, bicycles and wheels. Wood is really a nice material to work with. But skyscrapers? Is wood suitable to build a skyscraper?

Architect Michael Green says yes, he wants to build sky scrapers from wood. You may think Michael is a dreamer, but actually in the city of Amsterdam Dutch architect Tom Frantzen built a six floor thirty meters high wooden building. Not exactly a skyscraper, but not your average two storey house either. To be honest it is not entirely wood: there is a concrete elevator shaft and some floors are partly steel and concrete, but the load bearing construction is all wood.

Michael Green wants to go higher: thirty floors, he says…