A wooden building that could soon become part of the London skyline, the Barbican Estate tower is crafted as a multi-use building to help enrich the bustling metropolis. With a set height of 80-storeys, the building would bring an additional 1,000 housing units to the city; that's about one million additional square feet of residential floorspace.
The building has been designed in collaboration with the Cambridge University Department of Architecture and would bring about several difficult challenges. It has been argued that wooden buildings can actually outperform other building materials in the event of a fire, which could help make the building more resilient. Although it's unclear when the project is planned to begin, the plans have been submitted to the mayor for approval.
This New Tower Has Been Designed for London's Barbican Estate
Michael Hemsworth — April 11, 2016 — Art & Design