A 20 storey wood-frame structure proposed by Michael Green Architecture, a Vancouver firm. If constructed, it would be the tallest timber building in the Western hemisphere. Image: MGA| | Michael Green Architecture
Quattro3 in Surrey is the tallest wood-frame structure in the Lower Mainland. The six-floor condo complex was completed in September 2012, three years after the B.C. Wood First Act lifted the four-storey height cap on wood-frame buildings. Image: Tien She
52 Whitmore Road is a six-storey cross-laminated-timber building in London, U.K., designed by Andrew Waugh, of Waugh Thistleton Architects, a leading firm in timber-frame highrise construction. Image: KLH UK
Murray Grove in London, U.K., is touted as the world’s tallest timber-frame building at 38.04 meters. The nine-storey building was constructed from 265 Spruce trees. Image: Chris Philpot, Make it Wood
Bridport House is an eight-storey apartment building in the London, U.K., borough of Hackney. The complex took twelve weeks to assemble and was completed in 2010.
Completed in December 2012, Forté Living is a 10-floor building in Melbourne, Australia’s Docklands development. Image: Chris Philpot, Make it Wood
Controversy deepened this week over what role the provincial government may have played in acquiring land for a long-promised 10-storey wood-framed office tower in Prince George. While the promised tower may never see the light of day, wood highrises are emerging around the world. Here's a sampling of timber-framed structures that are changing our ideas about what wood can do.