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Honai Children’s Center / UmbreArchitects

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  • Architects: UmbreArchitects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 2223.28 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2019

Is Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) the Concrete of the Future?

Concrete, an essential building material, has for decades offered us the possibility of shaping our cities quickly and effectively, allowing them to rapidly expand into urban peripheries and reach heights previously unimagined by mankind. Today, new timber technologies are beginning to deliver similar opportunities – and even superior ones – through materials like Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT).

To better understand the properties and benefits of CLT, we talked with Jorge Calderón, Industrial Designer and CRULAMM Manager. He discusses some of the promising opportunities that CLT could provide architecture in the future. 

"KITERASU" Edificio modelo en CLT en la estación Kuse / ofa. Image © Ken'ichi Suzuki MINIMOD Catuçaba / MAPA. Image © Leonardo Finotti Capilla Sacromonte Landscape Hotel / MAPA Arquitetos. Image © Leonardo Finotti Cortesía de Jorge Calderón + 21

Cross Laminated Timber (CLT): What It Is and How To Use It

The Smile / Alison Brooks Architects. Image © Alison Brooks
The Smile / Alison Brooks Architects. Image © Alison Brooks

A few weeks ago we published an article on a recent sustainability crisis that often goes unnoticed. The construction industry has been consuming an exorbitant amount of sand, and it's gradually depleting. When used for manufacturing concrete, glass, and other materials, it is a matter that should concern us. Construction is one of the largest producers of solid waste in the world. For instance, Brazil represents about 50% to 70% of the total solid waste produced. But how can we change this situation if most of the materials we use are not renewable, and therefore, finite?

Popularized in Europe and gradually gaining attention in the rest of the world, Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) stands out for its strength, appearance, versatility, and sustainability.

11 Works of Asian Architecture in Full Bloom

This week, we present a selection of the best images of Asian architecture in bloom. These 11 projects from Japan and South Korea incorporate the springtime beauty of trees such as cherry and almond. Read on for a selection of images from prominent photographers such as Shigetomo Mizuno and Kai Nakamura.

House K / Shinta Hamada Architects

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Maebashi, Japan

Faith & Form's 2017 Religious Architecture Awards Recognizes the Best in Religious Architecture and Art

How does contemporary religious architecture adapt to the needs of the modern world? Each year, Faith & Form magazine and the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture (IFRAA) award acknowledges the best in religious art and architecture. This year’s winners included 27 projects spanning in religious denomination, size, and location. Beyonds this, the award recognizes three common trends present in religious architecture today: re-adaptation of existing facilities, community-based sacred spaces, and simplicity in design. Read on to see all 27 winners.

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"KITERASU" Model CLT Building at Kuse Station / ofa

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  • Architects: ofa
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 70.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

YKK80 / Nikken Sekkei

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Chiyoda-ku, Japan
  • Architects: Nikken Sekkei
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 1875.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2015

Toranoko Nursery / Takashige Yamashita Office

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ANGLE / Hiroyuki Arima + Urban Fourth

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Fukuoka, Japan

Tokyo Apartment / Yumiko Miki Architects

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Arakawa, Japan
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 75.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2015

Nerima House / Elding Oscarson

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Tokyo, Japan
  • Architects: Elding Oscarson
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 99.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2015

Seto / Mount Fuji Architects Studio

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Fukuyama, Japan
  • Architects: Mount Fuji Architects Studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 1934.0 sqm
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2013

Ebisu Town House / Naoya Kawabe Architect & Associates

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Shibuya, Japan
  • Architects: Naoya Kawabe Architect & Associates
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 525.0 sqm
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2006

Okinawa Nursing Training Center / IIDA Archiship Studio

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Haebaru, Japan
  • Architects: IIDA Archiship Studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 4377.0 sqm
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2013

Villa ITO / Nakahira Architects

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Shima, Japan
  • Architects: Nakahira Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 126.0 sqm
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2012

Kilico / Makoto Yamaguchi Design

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  • Architects: Makoto Yamaguchi Design
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 125.0 sqm
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2009

Yotsubako / Mount Fuji Architects Studio + Taisei Design Planners Architects

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  • Architects: Mount Fuji Architects Studio, Taisei Design Planners Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 1139.0 sqm
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2011