The Japanese company, Sumitomo Forestry has revealed its plans for the world’s tallest timber building. It anticipates the structure will have seventy stories and stand roughly 1,150 feet tall. A Tokyo location has already been decided, but the target completion date for the wooden skyscraper is still some time off. Sumitomo is looking forward to the building being finished in time for its 350th anniversary, which is in 2041. The company is already touting the many benefits that will come from making a massive building almost entirely out of wood. It notes that the material is much more environmentally friendly than concrete, which is one of the biggest contributors to the planet’s carbon footprint. Sumitomo plans to further boost the building’s contribution to a healthy environment by placing numerous plants on its exterior surfaces and throughout the interior spaces.
1. How tall is the suggested building?
2. When is the building expected to be completed? Why?
3. Why is the building considered environmentally friendly?
4. Do you want to live in the tallest timber building? Why or why not?
"Saving the environment is worth risking safety."
Do you agree?
Why do you think so?