The Timber Age

Andrew Waugh of London-based Thistleton Waugh says that we are beginning the “Timber Age.” I think it’s great as do many others. New designs and buildings are popping up everywhere. This post from The Urban Developer.com shows an example of a skyscraper that would be 80 storeys tall, making it the second tallest building in London.

It’s encouraging to see such grandiose designs.  I hope to see the completed building in person some day.  Although these structures are impressive there are many other uses of “timber” or wood that may be less in size and complexity, no less important for the environment.

This is an image from the Timbory Company in Germany showing off a clean CLT kitchen  design
Image from the Timbory Company in Germany showing off a clean CLT lunchroom design

Mid and low-rise mixed use buildings, schools, and even single family homes can be constructed differently with these products.

BMW Group, Alpenhotel Ammerwald.  BMW built this CLT hotel for its employees.
BMW Group, Alpenhotel Ammerwald. BMW built this CLT hotel for its employees.

It is my hope that this builds a stronger connection to our forests and the way we manage them.  Matching societies need with societies conservation ethic will be critical in achieving the best use of products and landscape.  It’s hard to tell where all of this is heading, but for many of us, it’s fascinating and exciting.