Nomura Real Estate Development is in the process of building a wood-frame hybrid condominium in Tokyo’s Ochanomizu district.
Proud Kanda Surugadai is a 14-story, 36 unit condominium due for completion in March 2021. This is the first wood-frame hybrid condominium over 10 stories to have been built in Japan.
So, is wood stronger than steel? We’re not talking about simply chopping down a tree and using the trunk to build such structures. The wood used will most likely be compressed and densified to the point where it is tough and impact-resistant.