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Detail of River Beech Tower in Chicago; rendering from Perkins + Will

If built, the 80-story River Beech Tower in Chicago would be the tallest wooden skyscraper in the world, Architecture News reports. Designed by Perkins + Will and conceived by engineering studio Thornton Tomasetti and a team from the University of Cambridge in the U.K., it boasts a diagonal-grid frame that gives it strength and allows it to largely forgo concrete and steel. Containing 300 apartments, River Beech Tower is envisioned as part of the massive Riverline redevelopment project along the Chicago River (ELEVATOR WORLD, May 2016).

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