Skyscraper or PlyScraper?

This is the Mjorsarnet Tower, located an hour north of Oslo, Norway (the name of the tower is spelled with letters that I don’t have on my keyboard;  sorry Norwegians…).  It is temporarily the tallest wood structure in the world at 280 feet.  It features an 18 story mix of apartments, office space and a hotel.

Nicknamed, “Plyscrapers”, this type of structure is feasible thanks to Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), which is laminated wood glued together in strips oriented 90 degrees to one another, under extreme pressure while curing.  That material along with building code changes, now allow taller wood structures both in Europe and in North America.

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