SOM timber-concrete tall timber interview

26 Aug 2016

Blog by: News Team, WoodSolutions

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

SOM’s Benton Johnson on Testing a New Composite System for Tall Timber

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


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