Cross-laminated timber

An overview of projects, products and exclusive articles about cross-laminated timber

Project • By asap/ adam sokol architecture practiceSecondary Schools

North Park Academy

The proposed expansion to the North Park Academy would create a dramatic new addition to a historic but undistinguished existing school.  Occupying an unusual triangular site, the bold form of the new structure would offer an appealing visual termination to the axis of the avenue approaching the school. Caption Caption Using a language of arches, the building readily expresses its function as a school, and in particular its intended use for kindergarten and pre-K classes.  Within the elliptical form would be a hidden courtyard, serving as outdoor play space for children, and also as an outdoor assembly area, neatly incorporating the existing exterior facade of the auditorium as a backdrop.  A new main entry would b... More

Project • By Webb Yates EngineersPrivate Houses

Barrett’s Grove

Barrett's Grove, designed with Amin Taha + Groupwork, is a six-home residential building set on a disjointed, but characterful urban street on the boundary of conservation area in Stoke Newington. The form of the six-storey building echoes the tall gables of an adjacent school and the standalone presence of the neighbouring townhouse.   Spruce cross-laminated timber is used for all wall, floor and roof superstructure and enveloping this is a continuous non-structural façade of striking perforated brickwork. Cantilevering wicker-woven balconies soften the external palette, and complete the fairy-tale trio of materials - brick, wood and straw – that was influenced through consultation with pupils at the school. Internally,... More

Project • By Trošt Krapež ArchitecturePrivate Houses

House AD

The single-family house AD is situated in the foothills of PolhovGradec Dolomites, in the vicinity of the capital Ljubljana. Its architectural design follows the existing contours of the sloping terrain. There are two entirely different views of the building being developed from either the basement level or from the ground floor. Looking onto the single-storey part, two interconnected perpendicular masses are revealed. The two volumes are placed on top of the green landscape and covered with flat green roof, enveloped in a detailed metalfascia.Whereas the full extent of the building’s form can finally be observed from the basement level – the delicate top structure with accommodation spaces is being supported by an almost entire... More

Project • By MOTIV architects inc.Car Parks

Eton Accessory Building

The Eton Accessory building sits amongst a gnarly row of alley structures of varying vintages; old stucco garages, laneway homes and garden sheds. It stands out and invites curiosity from the neighbourhood – what is it used for? What is it made of?   This 100% wood structure is a testament that no project is too small for prefabrication, its design born out of a strong desire to work with cross laminated timber – to better understand its properties as well as the efficiencies of its assembly on a project of a very small scale. Designed as a kit of parts, the structure is entirely made of 3 ply CLT with large cedar framed openings at both ends. Skylights and windows are strategically cut in to allow daylight into the woody... More

Project • By Hemsworth ArchitectureOffices

BC Passive House

Completed in 2014, the BC Passive House factory is an ‘all wood construction’ demonstration project. The building was the vision of a company dedicated to the concept of truly sustainable construction methodologies, typified by the international Passive House Standard. The building consists of a large open workspace that is used for the construction of their wood based building systems. The mezzanine offices, support spaces and showroom are built to the Passive House standard.   Located in Pemberton, BC, the building utilizes its southern exposure to harvest solar energy for the offices and showroom. The 360-degree clerestory windows in the workspace provide natural daylight and spectacular mountain views.    ... More

Project • By Mei architects and plannersApartments


Rotterdam's first fully wooden 50-meter high residential buildingCommissioned by Nice Developers & Era Contour, Mei architects and planners is designing “SAWA”: a unique wooden residential building in the heart of the Lloydquarter in Rotterdam. Exceptional to SAWA is that the building will be built entirely in CLT (cross-laminated timber) and is therefore the first fully wooden residential building of 50 meters high in Rotterdam. In addition, the building is distinguished by the generous green terraces, with which the building enhances the biodiversity of the neighborhood.   Maritime history The Lloydquarter has a rich maritime history, dating back to around 1900. The Lloyd Pier owes its name to the Rotterdamsche Llo... More

Project • By Doblle ArquiteturaHousing

New House - A new way to live

The project was conceived as a study of different alternatives for a refuge residence that at the same time can be replicated in different situations, such as countryside, beach or even in the same urbanized centers. Hence the proposal to make a modular structure in which it is easy to assemble and standardized manufacture, seeking greater precision and generating less waste, this makes our proposal sustainable and less aggressive with the environment. The aim of the project was to propose the primitive shape of the house: open to the landscape. The play of lights and shadows enriches the transformative perception of the house, as volumetry we have a subtle square box that does not interfere with nature and can also integrate with the diff... More

Project • By Jackson Clements Burrows ArchitectsUniversities

Gillies Hall

Peninsula campus is the third largest of Monash’s urban campuses, and comprises the University’s major presence in the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula region.   Gillies Hall provides 150 self-contained studio student apartments across six levels, two ground-floor apartments for residential support, and ground-floor common spaces for all 250 on-campus residential students. It is the largest Passive House certified (PHC) building in the southern hemisphere, Australia’s first student accommodation built to Passive House standards, and one of Australia’s largest cross laminated timber (CLT) projects.   The project demonstrates Passive House as a responsible and viable option for large residential projec... More

Product • By CROSSLAMCLT (Cross Laminated Timber)

CLT (Cross Laminated Timber)

Cross-laminated timber (CLT) is a large-scale, prefabricated, solid engineered wood panel. Lightweight yet very strong, with superior acoustic, fire, seismic, and thermal performance, CLT is also fast and easy to install, generating almost no waste onsite. CLT offers design flexibility and low environmental impacts. For these reasons, cross-laminated timber is proving to be a highly advantageous alternative to conventional materials like concrete, masonry, or steel, especially in multi-family and commercial construction. More

Project • By Adams & Sutherland ArchitectsWorkshops

Poplar Works

Under-utilised garages along the busy A12 in East London have been transformed into custom-designed workshops, studios and a manufacturing unit for local fashion businesses, training and community makers.   Designed by architects Adams & Sutherland and delivered by Poplar HARCA alongside London College of Fashion and social enterprise, The Trampery, Poplar Works sees 100 under-utilised and disused garages across two sites in the Aberfeldy and Teviot neighbourhoods, repurposed into 45 custom-designed, low-cost workshops and studios, a public café and events space, and manufacturing facilities offering enterprise support and training programmes.   The project has been supported by the Mayor’s Good Grow... More

Project • By VON MHotels

Hotel Bauhofstrasse

Hotel Bauhofstrasse is a consistent sustainable building with eyes on the future. Due to sensitive urban integration next to historic buildings the hotel contributes to the revitalization of the surrounding district.   By choosing the trendsetting construction principle of wooden room modules it sets standards regarding ecology, efficiency, construction period and quality. The modules were produced in Austria, transported to Ludwigsburg and installed on site within five working days. The shingling with white fibre cement plates does not reveal that this is a wooden building. The surfaces in the interior remain visible in their inherent construction and thus provoke a special atmosphere.   The four-storey building adopts the he... More

Project • By Juergen Pollak Photographie + FilmPrivate Houses

Residence at the Albtrauf

Self-confident solitaire What exactly makes for a good house is not laid down anywhere. The question "How do we want to live?" is too personal, as is the answer. All the more astonishing is the fact that in modern residential areas, single-family houses are as alike as two peas in a pod. In a new residential quarter being built in Neuffen, a town in Württemberg, Stuttgart-based architect Henrik Isermann has implemented an ensemble of two residential buildings for his wife's family that self-confidently demonstrates how to creatively deal with the provisions of a regulatory development plan. In the context of the neighbouring buildings it gives the owners their own architectural expression, and although both buildings share the same de... More

NewsNews • 23 Jun 2020

Snøhetta design a constellation of pentagonal timber cabins that respond to Norway’s windswept climate

On a small plateau in Luster, located in the western part of Norway, Tungestølen is a series of nine pentagonal timber cabins that look out over a beautiful glacier environment. Designed by Snøhetta, the cabins replace an original tourist cabin destroyed by a cyclone in 2011.  The project was commissioned by Luster Turlag, a local branch of the Norwegian national trekking association. Jan M. Lillebø Keeping in mind lessons learned from the destruction of the original cabin and the dramatic weather conditions of this mountainous site, Snøhetta designed the new cabins with glulam frames, covered by sheets of CLT and clad with ore pine.  Ketil Jacobsen The beak-like shape of the exterior cabin... More

Project • By FMD ArchitectsPrivate Houses

CLT House

CLT House is a bridge between architectural thinking and sustainable construction methods. It is a poetic and pragmatic balance between architect and builder, whose relationship developed from the concept design to ensure a highly considered outcome. The project encompasses a reconfiguration of the existing building as the base with a new upper floor addition which spans the established gardens on the site and replans the home with a new central core for this multigenerational family home.   The rhythmic quality of the sawtooth roof to the new bridge structure is both lyrical and rational. The pitched roofs to the north integrate an extensive solar array with high level windows at its peak to capture the changing light throughout the... More

Project • By Vallribera ArquitectesPrivate Houses

95PLA House

Another row house, another four-person family, another set of parents, and another two children. Another challenge to take on.   The design deals with an issue that is characteristic of this kind of project: is it better to refurbish the original building or tear it down and build something new? In this case, the answer is unclear. On the one hand, the structure at the back of the house has been damaged due to a lack of maintenance on the roof. The stairwell also needs to be torn out to make room for a parking area (one of the client’s non-negotiable requests). That requires a rather large surface area of new construction. On the other hand, the original building has the charm of a 100-year-old house, and the rest of the struct... More