CLT Investigations

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Emergence of new building technologies and their ability to shape new experiences of space, light and materiality was a hallmark of early modernism. With the appearance of Cross Laminated Timber in central Europe in the mid-1990’s, the opportunity arose again to reconceive spatial and tectonic experiences. Much like the classic kern-form and kunst-form dialectic that Botticher and later Frampton conceptualized, the clunky, crude 8’ x 40’ x 4” pine panel can be transformed into highly evocative experiences of space and light. Additionally, Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) arose as an ecological response and is now being proposed as an alternative to more carbon intensive materials of concrete and steel. Its use promotes timber as a viable building material that if grown, managed, and harvested responsibly, can continue to elevate the region of Cascadia as an innovative culture of highly sustainable strategies. Presented here are two CLT projects in the Seattle metropolitan region designed by atelierjones.

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