Dezeen's Jenna McKnight shares developing details of the SHoP Architects-designed residential tower that was a winner of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Tall Wood Building Prize in September.

The 10-story residential tower, called 475 West 18th Street, has entered its development phase and is on track to becoming New York City's tallest building composed of structural timber. Awaiting approval from the city's building department, the design team aims to earn LEED Gold certification for the building. It will sit opposite the High Line. 

"To celebrate the unique nature of the project, the timber structure will be exposed where appropriate, exhibiting its natural beauty and strength," said New York-based SHoP Architects, which has also designed super-tall towers for Manhattan and Brooklyn. "The extensive use of other wood products throughout will help set ambitious sustainability targets in design, construction and operation."

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