Although steel and concrete have taken the place of wood as structural strengtheners in modern architecture, wood's environmental benefits are leading to a comeback. Fast Company staffer Diana Budds takes a look at the benefits of using wood including its better fire resistance and thermal properties.

China Pavilion Maln Expo 2015, by Studio Link-Arc, LLC
China Pavilion Maln Expo 2015, by Studio Link-Arc, LLC

Budds looks at the nine best timber buildings of 2016 as listed by the Wood Products Council, which include high-profile projects created with wood such as the Chicago Horizon by Ultramoderne:

Chicago Horizon by Ultramoderne
Chicago Horizon by Ultramoderne

Ultramoderne's pavilion for the Chicago Biennial received recognition for its use of cross-laminated timber roof panels—the largest shippable panels available—and glue-laminated timber columns, which helped the design stay within its $75,000 construction budget. (Never mind that it kind of looks like a shoddy, generic rest stop in person.)

View the other projects that made the Wood Products Council list on Fast Company >>