A city made of wood. In the past two years, this dream – to construct large buildings out of engineered “mass timber” – has grown outward through design magazines, conferences and the PR machine of Sidewalk Labs.
But it’s already here, and I have put my hands on its trunks of glue-laminated black spruce. I was touring a new office building at 80 Atlantic in Toronto’s Liberty Village: the five-storey, 90,000-square-foot structure is about to open for business, and it’s largely made of wood. It’s the first such building in the city in about a century. It won’t be the last.