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National Building Museum Showcases SOM-Designed Timber Tower

​Photo © Yassine al Mansouri | National Building Museum

Source: The Washington Post

Anyone who looks up while walking Washington’s streets can reckon what the building material of the future is. Most new structures feature glass walls, which have turned downtown into a giant peep show. Stone and concrete facades are being stripped and replaced with even more of the tempered, transparent material.

“Timber City,” an illuminating if not see-through exhibition at the National Building Museum, proposes an alternative. Tomorrow’s buildings will — or should — be constructed of wood. 


Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has designed a 42-story tower that, if built, will have a carbon footprint 60 percent smaller than a same-size edifice erected with steel and concrete.

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