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From Foundations to Roofs: 10 Detailed Wood Construction Solutions in 3D and 2D

08:00 - 27 June, 2017
From Foundations to Roofs: 10 Detailed Wood Construction Solutions in 3D and 2D, Cortesía de POLOMADERA
Cortesía de POLOMADERA

Developed by the POLOMADERA Program at the University of Concepción, the 3D Building Construction Solutions Catalog is a free tool that helps users design construction details for lightweight wooden structural systems.

Though created with the intention of meeting new standards soon to be implemented nationally in Chile (and therefore in Spanish), the catalog was developed jointly with international experts from the Wood Construction Institute at the Holzbau Institut in Germany, and thus incorporates best practices that are applicable around the world.

The catalog allows users to find and download different construction solutions in wood, with details categorized under Foundations, Mezzanines, Doors and Windows, Partitions, Roofs, and Terraces.

Cortesía de Polo Madera Cortesía de Polo Madera Cortesía de Polo Madera Cortesía de Polo Madera +25

This Magnetic Drill Screws Through Wood Leaving No Visible Holes

08:00 - 24 June, 2017

Invis Mx2 is a device that allows you to connect screws and bolts easily without leaving any holes. Its cordless screwdriver works through a MiniMag rotary magnetic field, which adapts to any conventional drill, allowing to generate detachable connections with a tensile force of 250 kg per connector. 

The system is designed to be applied to wooden elements and ceramic materials, allowing the construction of furniture, railings, coatings, stairs, among others. 

© Invis Mx2 / Lamello © Invis Mx2 / Lamello © Invis Mx2 / Lamello © Invis Mx2 / Lamello +5

Restoration Using Simple Regional Techniques Enhances Local Culture

16:00 - 10 June, 2017

This article is part of our series "Material in Focus", where we ask architects to share with us their creative process through the choice of materials that define important parts of the construction of their buildings.

Alagoas House used neutral colors and furnishings in order to let local craftsmanship stand out. Some of the strategies that guided the projects included using works by regional artists and decorating with repurposed everyday objects. We spoke with architect João Duayer of Tavares Duayer Arquitetura to learn more about the choice of materials and the determining role that they played in his concept for this project.

The United States' First Mass-Timber Highrise Receives Planning Permission

16:15 - 9 June, 2017
The United States' First Mass-Timber Highrise Receives Planning Permission, Courtesy of LEVER Architecture
Courtesy of LEVER Architecture

The United States’ first mass-timber highrise (defined by Emporis Building Standards as a building with an architectural height of 115-328 feet, or between 12 and 40 floors) has been granted planning permission, allowing construction on the landmark project to begin. Located in downtown Portland, Oregon, the building known as Framework will cap out at 12 floors and approximately 128 feet, ushering in a new era of tall building construction in the US. 

Courtesy of LEVER Architecture Courtesy of LEVER Architecture Courtesy of LEVER Architecture Courtesy of LEVER Architecture +12

PATH Architecture’s Catalytic Condominium in Portland is the Tallest Timber Building in the US

12:00 - 27 May, 2017
PATH Architecture’s Catalytic Condominium in Portland is the Tallest Timber Building in the US , via Baumberger Studio
via Baumberger Studio

Continuing the ever-increasing growth of timber construction architecture in North America and around the world, Carbon12’s recent topping out has resulted in its newly achieved status as the tallest mass timber building in the United States. Situated in Portland and designed by PATH Architecture, the 8-storey condominium is an example of the cost-effectiveness and labor sensitivity of engineered wood products while helping regenerate Oregon’s local timber industry. 

With a growing population and rapid development, much of recent focus has been on Portland’s city center, in an effort to preserve the existing natural landscape that surrounds the urban areas. Built of prefabricated cross-laminated timber panels and glu-lam beams around a steel core, Carbon12’s hybrid construction aids the city’s densification, given its off-site construction and quick assembly that help both reduce costs and respond to residential needs.

Continuity of Structure Defines this Timber Canopy in Chile

16:00 - 21 May, 2017
Continuity of Structure Defines this Timber Canopy in Chile , © Tomás Weisser
© Tomás Weisser

Set in a valley located 45 minutes west of Santiago de Chile, an elementary timber shed by Josep Ferrando and Diego Baloian seeks to unhinge the division between vertical and horizontal architectural elements. The scheme is the result of a private commission to build a wooden shed on a family-owned plot in the town of Curacaví, halfway between the Chilean capital and the coastal town of Valparaíso. 

Drawing heavy inspiration from vernacular canopies which historically dotted the landscape of rural Chile, the scheme seeks to create a central family meeting point amongst a vast 2 hectare plot. 

© Christian Nawrath © Diego Baloian © Tomás Weisser © Tomás Weisser +34

The Purity of Expressive Timber Structure Celebrated in Finland's Pudasjärvi Campus

14:00 - 20 May, 2017
The Purity of Expressive Timber Structure Celebrated in Finland's Pudasjärvi Campus, © RA-Studio Raimo Ahonen
© RA-Studio Raimo Ahonen

An environmentally-concious material response by Lukkaroinen Architects, the structural design for the Pudasjärvi Wood Campus in northern Finland highlights the potential of large-scale structural timber. 

The project features a primary structure of assembled logs and three types of non-traditional pillars, specially constructed in laminated wood for different areas. 

© RA-Studio Raimo Ahonen © RA-Studio Raimo Ahonen © RA-Studio Raimo Ahonen © RA-Studio Raimo Ahonen +35

Modular Meranti Pavilion Premiers at Orlando’s AIA Conference

09:30 - 13 May, 2017
Modular Meranti Pavilion Premiers at Orlando’s AIA Conference, Courtesy of Eleena Jamil Architect
Courtesy of Eleena Jamil Architect

The centerpiece of the Malaysian Timber Council’s exhibition at this year’s AIA Conference on Architecture in Orlando, Florida was a completely dismantlable four-walled enclosure constructed entirely of Meranti timber. Designed by Eleena Jamil Architect, the wholly modular structure showcased the strength and adaptability of this sustainably sourced Southeast Asian hardwood.

Courtesy of Eleena Jamil Architect Courtesy of Eleena Jamil Architect Courtesy of Eleena Jamil Architect Courtesy of Eleena Jamil Architect +22

5 Online Resources For Learning How To Protect Wooden Buildings From Fire

06:00 - 28 April, 2017
5 Online Resources For Learning How To Protect Wooden Buildings From Fire, Full-scale Mass Timber Shaft Demonstration Fire. Image Courtesy of reThink Wood
Full-scale Mass Timber Shaft Demonstration Fire. Image Courtesy of reThink Wood

With the aim of raising awareness and expanding knowledge about the advantages of wood in the built environment, reThink Wood has created an online library that collects a series of articles, reports, studies and videos that can be freely accessed right now.

Here we have 5 outstanding resources related to fire safety, which can help you solve this issue on your next project.

Montreal’s LEED Platinum Bibliothèque du Boisé Wins RAIC's Green Building Award

08:00 - 15 April, 2017
Montreal’s LEED Platinum Bibliothèque du Boisé Wins RAIC's Green Building Award , © Doublespace Photography
© Doublespace Photography

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) have awarded Montreal’s Bibliothèque du Boisé with the annual Green Building Award for 2017. Designed by the trio of Consortium Labonté Marcil, Cardinal Hardy and Eric Pelletier architectes, the library is situated in the city’s Saint-Laurent district, and received the distinction as an example of “buildings that are environmentally responsible and promote the health and wellbeing of users.”

"The library offers a variety of beautifully lit and welcoming spaces throughout, maximizing daylight and views and the use of natural elements, such as wood, to create an environment that contributes to health and wellbeing,” said the jury. “Their approach to high-performance building through whole systems design and strategy has resulted in an impressive achievement.”

© Doublespace Photography © YienChaoHR © Doublespace Photography © Doublespace Photography +10

52 Types of Wood and the Trees They Come From

08:00 - 13 April, 2017

How much do you know about different kinds of wood that might be used in your architectural projects?  

Wooden Living-Roof Built With Japanese Joinery Techniques Uses Zero Screws

08:00 - 7 April, 2017
Wooden Living-Roof Built With Japanese Joinery Techniques Uses Zero Screws, Cortesía de J.Roc Design
Cortesía de J.Roc Design

A multidisciplinary design study by J.Roc Design, based in Boston, has developed a proposal using wood to restore value to an underused rooftop at the southern end of the city. 

In order to accommodate a series of different activities, which required a wide variety of furniture, and therefore a considerable reduction of space, a subtle treatment was made to the flat surface of the roof creating distinct spaces that could be used for sitting, resting and entertaining. 

Cortesía de J.Roc Design Cortesía de J.Roc Design Cortesía de J.Roc Design Cortesía de J.Roc Design +20

Zaha Hadid Architects Unveils Designs for Sports-Centered Eco Technology Hub in England

12:30 - 6 April, 2017
Zaha Hadid Architects Unveils Designs for Sports-Centered Eco Technology Hub in England, Courtesy of Ecotricity
Courtesy of Ecotricity

British green energy company Ecotricity has revealed plans for a new Zaha Hadid Architects-designed green technology hub in Stroud, England. The project, known as the “Gateway to Stroud,” will consist of several greenhouse-like buildings and a wooden footbridge that will connect the campus to the future all-wood stadium for the Forest Green Rovers football club, also designed by ZHA and revealed late last year.

Planned as a center for local sports and sports science, the ECO park will provide state-of-the-art office space for environmentally-focused companies as well as public access to a wide range of health and leisure activities.

Courtesy of Ecotricity Courtesy of Ecotricity © Zaha Hadid Architects, render by VA © Zaha Hadid Architects, render by VA +9

Learn About Large-Scale Timber Construction With reThink Wood's Online Library

19:30 - 31 March, 2017
Learn About Large-Scale Timber Construction With reThink Wood's Online Library, Cortesía de reThink Wood
Cortesía de reThink Wood

In recent years, timber construction has surpassed its previous limit of two or three stories to create buildings of much greater height. This is not only due to wood's intrinsic strength, stability, and flexibility, but also to a number of new technologies that have further increased its performance, including cross-laminated timber (CLT), nail laminated timber (NLT) and glued laminated timber (glulam).

In order to inform architects, engineers, developers, industry professionals, students, and other interested parties, reThink Wood has launched the reThink Wood Research Library, an online and open resource that will be updated frequently with information about the latest product and timber construction systems around the world, as well as showing where there are gaps that could be covered in the future.

Let the Cloud House Brighten Your Rainy Day

08:00 - 29 March, 2017
Let the Cloud House Brighten Your Rainy Day, The barn has been constructed of timber and metal salvaged from an abandoned farm. Image Courtesy of Matthew Mazzotta
The barn has been constructed of timber and metal salvaged from an abandoned farm. Image Courtesy of Matthew Mazzotta

Few sounds in this world are quite as satisfying as that of fresh rainwater falling on a tin roof. However, this soothing sensation is just one element of the Cloud House, a unique, interactive rainwater-harvesting system created by designer Matthew Mazzotta in Springfield, Missouri. From the comfort of a wooden rocking chair, the user is immersed in a rural farm experience, offering passers-by a moment to slow down, enjoy fresh edible plants and, as promised, bask in the sound of rain striking a tin roof.

The Cloud House promotes quiet reflection and meditation. Image Courtesy of Matthew Mazzotta By sitting in the rocking chairs, users activate the artificial cloud. Image Courtesy of Matthew Mazzotta The Cloud House promotes quiet reflection and meditation. Image Courtesy of Matthew Mazzotta By sitting in the rocking chairs, users activate the artificial cloud. Image Courtesy of Matthew Mazzotta +17

Pavilion Made from Aluminum Cans and Cracked Clay Wins 2017 City of Dreams Competition

08:00 - 23 March, 2017
Pavilion Made from Aluminum Cans and Cracked Clay Wins 2017 City of Dreams Competition, Courtesy of Team Aesop (Josh Draper, Lisa Ramsburg, Powell Draper, Edward M. Segal, and Max Dowd)
Courtesy of Team Aesop (Josh Draper, Lisa Ramsburg, Powell Draper, Edward M. Segal, and Max Dowd)

Cast & Place has been announced as the winner of the 2017 City of Dreams competition to create a pavilion for New York City’s Governors Island. Held by not-for-profit arts organization FIGMENT, the AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee, and the Structural Engineers Association of New York, the competition called for a design to be the hub of FIGMENT’s free community arts festival during Summer 2017, based on questions of the future of New York, how design can confront environmental challenges, and how architecture can be built from recycled or borrowed material.

With these questions in mind, Cast & Place was conceptualized as a pavilion made entirely from waste. 300,000 recycled aluminum cans, cast into the cracks of dried clay, will form structural panels that assemble into shaded spaces for performance and play.

Courtesy of Team Aesop (Josh Draper, Lisa Ramsburg, Powell Draper, Edward M. Segal, and Max Dowd) Courtesy of Team Aesop (Josh Draper, Lisa Ramsburg, Powell Draper, Edward M. Segal, and Max Dowd) Courtesy of Team Aesop (Josh Draper, Lisa Ramsburg, Powell Draper, Edward M. Segal, and Max Dowd) Courtesy of Team Aesop (Josh Draper, Lisa Ramsburg, Powell Draper, Edward M. Segal, and Max Dowd) +9

New Timber Innovation Act Advocates for Nationwide Timber Construction in the United States

08:00 - 14 March, 2017
New Timber Innovation Act Advocates for Nationwide Timber Construction in the United States , Courtesy of River Beech Tower
Courtesy of River Beech Tower

A new piece of bipartisan legislation has been tabled by The United States Senate and House of Representatives named the Timber Innovation Act. The bills were put forward to further the development of tall timber buildings in the US, thereby supporting the nation’s considerable timber market and the rural manufacturing jobs it entails.

The United States has an opportunity to bring new, sustainable mass timber technology to our construction industry, and the Timber Innovation Act directs technical assistance and research components already in place,” said Robert Glowinski, President and CEO of the American Wood Council (AWC).

15 Metal Fittings for Connecting Laminated Wooden Structures

09:00 - 23 February, 2017
15 Metal Fittings for Connecting Laminated Wooden Structures , Cortesía de Arauco
Cortesía de Arauco

When designing wooden structures, it’s very important to consider joints and reinforcements that will allow them to stay together and upright. These connectors not only allow for adhering wood to wood but also let you anchor wood elements to brick and concrete walls. 

With such a variety of pieces needing to be connected together (beam-beam / beam-pillar / beam-strut / beam-wall / base-frames), working with hardware requires the advice of a calculating engineer or a professional with knowledge and experience. To guide you in this process, we have selected 15 metal fittings specially designed by Arauco to connect wood pieces. 

M90 for 90 mm pillars Beam Strut V Joint Beam to Slope Joint Support Plate +16