If it weren't for, you know, concrete and steel—more of us would live in buildings like this planned Norwegian tower. At 16 to 17-stories high, it'll also out-do this crazy Russian do-it-yourselfer who built a 13-story wooden castle:
(That's Nikolai Sutyagin from Arkhangelsk in Russia's north-east).
But I digress. The Norwegian Barents Secretariat office and cultural tower will be built with natural and recycled materials from the surrounding area. The designers, Oslo-based Reiulf Ramstad Architects, are focusing on sustainable building and carbon neutrality.
They also hope to reuse biodegradable household and industrial waste to produce bio gas. Mmm. Like fresh pine cones! [Barents Observer via Inhabitat]