The Norwegian town of Brumunddal, which is just about 60 miles north of Oslo, has a population of just under 10,000 people, and is now the home of a record-breaking 280-foot-tall,18 story high-rise. The 18-story structure contains apartments, office space and the aptly named Wood Hotel. And beyond putting a small town on the world map, it has added to a growing body of evidence that timber can provide a sustainable alternative to concrete and steel. From Milwaukee Wisconsin, to London U.K., to Sweden, to Toronto Canada and other points both near and far, the culture of construction is changing, and the use of wood is gaining acceptance and the buildings are growing in height.
Has the wooden skyscraper revolution finally arrived?