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Cross Laminated Timber: The Latest Architecture and News

3XN Designs the Tallest Timber Office Building in North America

09:00 - 21 March, 2019
3XN Designs the Tallest Timber Office Building in North America, © 3XN
© 3XN

3XN has released details of its plans for T3 Bayside, the first office building in Toronto’s emerging Bayside community, and the tallest timber office building in North America. Located on the shores of Lake Ontario, the structure stands at 42 meters in height and serves as part of the 2,000-acre revitalization initiative to transform Toronto’s waterfront.

The scheme is designed to reflect and emphasize the emerging neighborhood in which it sits, intertwining principals of life, work, and play. A continuously-activated ground level is abundant with retail opportunities, bleeding into a central plaza, exhibition spaces, flexible office spaces, and coworking facilities.

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C.F. Møller Architects Completes Sweden's Tallest Timber Building

09:00 - 1 March, 2019
C.F. Møller Architects Completes Sweden's Tallest Timber Building, © Nikolaj Jakobsen
© Nikolaj Jakobsen

C.F. Møller Architects have completed Sweden’s tallest timber building, which is now accepting its first tenants. Situated in Västerås, one hour from Stockholm, the building is constructed from solid timber in order to radically reduce CO2 emissions, positively affect the indoor climate, and enhance the interior quality of life.

The 8.5-story-high tower features an elevated ground floor and double-height top floor, with all walls, beams, balconies, lifts, and stairwells made from cross-laminated timber. The use of CNC-milled solid timber and glulam allows for an airtight, energy-efficient structure without the need for additional cladding.

© Nikolaj Jakobsen © Nikolaj Jakobsen © Nikolaj Jakobsen © C.F. Møller Architects + 5

AIA New York Selects the City of Dreams Pavilion to be Built from Salvaged Timber

11:00 - 22 February, 2019
AIA New York Selects the City of Dreams Pavilion to be Built from Salvaged Timber, Salvage Swings - View in Swing Module. Image © Somewhere Studio
Salvage Swings - View in Swing Module. Image © Somewhere Studio

The New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects has announced “Salvage Swings” by Somewhere Studio as the winner of the 2019 City of Dreams competition. The temporary art structure is now the subject of approvals and fundraising, with the goal of constructing the scheme on Roosevelt Island in the summer of 2019.

The pavilion, to be branded the “City of Dreams Pavilion,” utilizes scrap cross-laminated timber panels recovered from a construction project at the University of Arkansas, repurposing them in an “inviting summer pavilion” featuring 12 framed swing modules.

© Somewhere Studio Salvage Swings Pavilion Design. Image © Somewhere Studio Photograph of finished swing module prototype on University of Arkansas campus. Image © Somewhere Studio © Somewhere Studio + 8

The Tallest Timber Tower in Australia Opens in Brisbane

09:00 - 23 November, 2018
The Tallest Timber Tower in Australia Opens in Brisbane, © Tom Roe
© Tom Roe

Australia’s largest engineered timber commercial building has opened in Brisbane, designed by Bates Smart. At 10 stories, and 45 meters in height, the “25 King” open plan office complex is the tallest timber structure in Australia, and “establishes new frontiers in the design of commercial buildings.

The scheme’s aesthetic is centered on the goal of “bringing a clear expression of its exposed timber structure to the building’s transparent envelope and promoting a warmer, more natural workplace environment of the future.”

© Tom Roe © Tom Roe © Tom Roe © Tom Roe + 13

The Appalachian "Long Lodge" Optimizes Mass Timber Construction for Sustainable Design

08:00 - 3 November, 2018
The Appalachian "Long Lodge" Optimizes Mass Timber Construction for Sustainable Design, Courtesy of Yueqi Li
Courtesy of Yueqi Li

The 'Long Lodge' proposal for residential cabins along the Appalachian Trail, recently named the Honor Award Winner of the 2018 Maine Mass Timber Design Competition, highlights simple yet creative ways to spotlight the possibilities and natural beauty of timber as a construction material. The winning four-person design team created a lodge that not only serves as a temporary living space but rather becomes a memorable spatial experience through the effects of the structural design choices.

Courtesy of Yueqi Li Courtesy of Yueqi Li Courtesy of Yueqi Li Courtesy of Yueqi Li + 8

Ross Barney Architects' CLT Design for McDonald's Expands the Possibilities of Timber Construction

06:00 - 28 October, 2018
© Kendall McCaugherty, Hall+Merrick Photographers
© Kendall McCaugherty, Hall+Merrick Photographers

In an effort to reinvent an iconic American fast-food brand, McDonald’s U.S. has announced a new direction for the corporation, beginning with rethinking the restaurant’s current archetypal design both in its interior eating spaces and exterior urban landscape. A primary example of this commitment can be seen in the recently completed design for McDonald’s Global Flagship in Chicago by Ross Barney Architects.

The structure, which fills an entire city block in the heart of Chicago, was envisioned as a hallmark example of both the architect and the corporation's shared commitment to environmentally sustainable design. Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), an essential material for the project, replaced many of the commonly-used building materials such as steel, concrete, and plastics that have a larger environmental footprint.

World's Largest CLT Building Provides a Model for High Density Urban Housing

11:00 - 12 October, 2018
World's Largest CLT Building Provides a Model for High Density Urban Housing, © Waugh Thistleton Architects
© Waugh Thistleton Architects

Waugh Thistleton Architects’ ten-story Dalston Works project stands proudly as the world’s largest Cross Laminated Timber building in Hackney, London, having been completed in 2017. The 121-unit development made entirely of CLT from external to core walls, the scheme weighs one-fifth of an equivalent concrete building.

In addition to tackling London’s need for dense, high-quality housing, the scheme offers a methodology for implementing timber technology with a significantly reduced carbon footprint, such as an 80% reduction in the number of deliveries during construction.

© Waugh Thistleton Architects © Waugh Thistleton Architects © Waugh Thistleton Architects © Waugh Thistleton Architects + 7

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

08:00 - 20 May, 2018
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.

Provencher_Roy Envisions Futureproof Timber Vertical Campus Building For Toronto

14:00 - 12 May, 2018
Provencher_Roy Envisions Futureproof Timber Vertical Campus Building For Toronto, Courtesy of Luxigon
Courtesy of Luxigon

As their entry in a competition for The Arbour, a new academic building for the campus of George Brown College on Toronto’s Lake Ontario waterfront, Montreal-based firm Provencher_Roy have revealed their design for an adaptable mass timber building that could grow and change in time.

Using a staggered truss structural system that divides the building into modular cells measuring 8.4 meters tall, 17.4 meters wide and 40 meters long, the firm explains that the stacked program elements can be reorganized as necessary, with classrooms and double-height auditorium spaces able to be converted to basketball courts or column-free open offices by adjusting the cross-laminated timber flooring, which can be adjusted without compromising the rest of the structure.

Courtesy of Provencher_Roy Courtesy of Provencher_Roy Courtesy of Luxigon Courtesy of Luxigon + 7

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.

International Mass Timber Conference

11:15 - 15 November, 2016
International Mass Timber Conference, Courtesy of Unknown
Courtesy of Unknown

The International Mass Timber Conference is a leading conference and expo on the use of cross-laminated timber (CLT) and other mass timber in global design and construction and is one of the largest gatherings of CLT and mass timber experts in the world. The 2016 event drew 519 industry thought leaders and executives from 11 countries, and 56 exhibitors and 48 international speakers. Interest is high and the conference is expected to be even bigger in 2017.

Jean-Paul Viguier Designs a Mixed-Use Timber Frame Tower in Bordeaux

12:00 - 25 April, 2016
Jean-Paul Viguier Designs a Mixed-Use Timber Frame Tower in Bordeaux, Courtesy of Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés
Courtesy of Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés

Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés, in partnership with Eiffage and Woodeum, have won the competition for a 57 meter timber tower in the Saint-Jean Belcier district of Bordeaux, France. A tower and two shorter buildings, the 17,000 square meter mixed-use project contains housing, offices, and retail space, and is part of a larger master plan intent on spurring development in the vicinity of the Bordeaux-Saint-Jean railway station. The project name “Hyperion” is a reference to the world’s tallest living tree (a Sequoia sempervirens in Northern California) and emphasizes the proposal’s vanguard use of timber materials.

Courtesy of Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés Courtesy of Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés Courtesy of Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés Courtesy of Jean-Paul Viguier et Associés + 7