How high can timber go? That depends on who you ask, but Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) thinks timber can go further—and higher—if it is used in a composite system that combines the structural properties of wood with reinforced concrete. The results of their recent tests have been in the news, but here's a follow-ip interview...
From Architect - the journal of the American Institute of Architects
In this interview, Wanda Lau, the senior editor of tech, practice, and products for ARCHITECT and Architectural Lighting interviews SOM’s Benton Johnson on Testing a New Composite System for Tall Timber.
SOM's proposed Concrete Jointed Timber Frame structural system recently underwent a series of physical load tests with successful results. The system uses mass timber for structural elements and concrete for connections. As an alternative to other mass-timber construction systems, the firm believes that it can reduce the reduce the embodied energy of a comparable tower with a reinforced-concrete frame by 60 to 75 percent.
Image: the composite system components - courtesy SOM
Read the SOM press release here
Read the full interview with Benton Johnson in Architect Magazine here