Due for completion in November this year, a 14-storey luxury apartment block in central Bergen, Norway, will be the world’s tallest timber-framed multi-family project at 49 meters (160 feet) breaking the current record holder – Melbourne’s Forté building – which stands at 32 meters tall. The building is called ‘Treet’ or ‘The Tree’ and is the brainchild of the Bergen and Omegn Building Society (BOB), which aims to be at the forefront of developing homes for the future, with a strong focus on energy consumption, sustainable development and communal outdoor spaces.

The trend may be coming to a city near you soon – a group of firms are collaborating with Cambridge University to create an 80-storey, 300m tall residential block to house up to 1,000 families in London’s Barbican area.