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Architects Embrace "The Beginning of the Timber Age" \

Wood is taking over from steel and concrete as the architectural wonder material of the 21st century, with architects praising its sustainability, quality and speed of construction.

Alex Smith of London-based Hawkins\Brown, the firm behind the tallest hybrid-CLT building in Europe, believe this type of system is more attractive to property developers, who initially were "pessimistic" about using wood.

His project, called The Cube, is a 33-metre-high apartment block. It features a predominantly CLT structure, but also includes some steel elements that were used to create cantilevered overhanges.

“I think there is a lot of potential in timber-hybrid structures to enable more sustainable and more ambitious structures.

By combining the stiffness of steel with more insulative prefabricated timber panels, the structure forms a unified solution, which by volume is 90 per cent timber.”

Alex Smith, Associate at Hawkins\Brown

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