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Mass Timber is Taking Wood Design to New Heights

In recent years, timber skyscrapers have been continually touted as one of architecture’s most exciting frontiers.  But how does timber really measure up? First, wood is a renewable resource that is less energy-intensive to extract than concrete and steel. Second, wood requires reduced energy to process raw logs into engineered wood. And third, emissions that are naturally absorbed into trees through photosynthesis continues in the building’s engineered wood fibers. So, if built right, architecture can serve as a carbon sink for as long as it stands.

Corner view of mass timber building with large square windows

T3 office building, Minneapolis, MN. Photo by Ema Peter.

In this collection, T3 in Minneapolis is one of three spectacular structures that serve as game changers in the realm of mass timber construction.

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