When it comes to learning construction methods and systems (and, of course, the related materials), it is crucial for a student to understand how things fit together. Every construction system is an assembly of subparts (e.g. beams, bolts, decking) and often a layering based on various functional requirements (e.g. air barrier, insulation, structural sheathing,…). This […] Read more..
If you have been following the recent building trends in wood architecture, you may have already asked yourself this question: How tall can we build in wood? As it turns out, the currently most prolific highrise planning firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) is throwing their weight into the discussion. With a recently published report, this firm is […] Read more..
For the eco-conscious and all the wood-aficionados out there, here are the winners of the 2013 US Wood Design Awards. Amazing buildings in wood… Source: 2013 Award Winners Thanks for the reminder: Go Wood
Canadian researchers recently put Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT), a somewhat new building product, to the test to determine fire-resistance properties. Their findings were: The tests demonstrated that CLT assemblies can achieve significant fire resistance that is close to three hours in some cases with even unprotected CLT under full loading conditions. The failure modes were […] Read more..
If you thought the Oktoberfest in Munich (Germany) was all about beer, think again. The agricultural fair that accompanies the Fest has a little gem this year for anyone interested in forests and wood design. Envisioned by Architecture students from the TU Munich (the Technical University) and fabricated by carpentry students from the vocational school in […] Read more..
The Danes did it again – great video about construction in wood: Why on earth a wooden house? – YouTube.
Adding to my earlier post about tall building in wood, the articles linked below give some information about the 10-story residential building that is currently going up in Melbourne, Australia. As just reported, this latest addition to the “build high in wood” trend has now received the last wall panels. World’s tallest timber building ‘tops out’ […] Read more..