The River Beech Tower Will Rise 80 Storeys Above the Chicago River

By: Joey Haar - Oct 15, 2016
References: ca.perkinswill & archinect
Hot on the heels of a Vancouver residence that recently became the world's tallest timber structure, architecture firm Perkins + Will have proposed a plan to build an 80-storey timber tower called River Beech Tower in Chicago. Conceived as part of Chicago's ongoing Riverline community rejuvenation project, the timber tower will have 300 residential units that surround a massive central atrium.

While the core structural aspects of River Beech Tower would be made of timber, a significant portion of the facade would be built out of aluminum. The proposal's exterior is made up of a timber latticework, and that lattice would be covered in brushed aluminum.

While engineers agree that the building concept would be structurally sound, Perkins + Will is currently considering the feasibility in terms of cost. If the building gets approved, it would be the tallest timber structure in the world.