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In Sweden, the world's tallest wood skyscraper

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Architecture firm C. F. Møller wants to take skyscraper production away from steel and concrete -- giving Stockholm the tallest wooden building in the world.

The project page documents the design and construction of a 34-story wooden skyscraper which would stand 28 stories taller than the United States' tallest wooden construction.

According to architecture companies C. F. Møller and Dinell Johansson, as well as consultant Tyréns, the skyscraper represents future housing which is cheaper and more sustainable than typical buildings. The complex, constructed from wooden pillars, walls, beams and ceilings -- encompassed within a glass shell -- would apparently be better for the environment compared to steel-and-concrete builds. In addition, solar panels installed on the roof will help provide residents with renewable energy.

C. F. Møller architect Ola Jonsson told Dezeen:

"The main reason it hasn't been done before is that concrete and steel have a big part of the market. But now the building industry has started taking responsibity for the environment. Construction accounts for around 30-40 percent of CO2 produced in the world globally and if you look at the CO2 released in the production of wood it is a lot better than steel or concrete."

The entire construction cannot take place using only wood as a material, and so a concrete core will support the skyscraper's structure. However, Jonsson says this could also be replaced with wood due to its "very strong construction qualities," and the architects believe "a modern building should use every material for its best purpose."

Read More: Curbed

Image credit: C. F. Møller

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— By on June 20, 2013, 5:04 AM PST

Charlie Osborne

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