Plans for “pioneering” Portland wooden high-rise put on hold

Construction of a timber-framed high-rise building proposed for Portland’s Pearl District, which would have become one of the USA’s tallest wooden structures, has been postponed indefinitely. Local firm Lever Architecture designed the 130-foot (40-metre) mixed-used Framework tower to be one of the country’s first high-rises to adopt a wooden construction, employing a mix of two types of engineered wood: cross-laminated

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OOPEAA’s floating sea pools offer new swimming facilities to waterside cities

Architecture studio OOPEAA plans to introduce waterborne swimming pools to coastal and riverside cities around the world, with the first set to be built in Oulu, Finland. Finland-based OOPEAA, short for Office for Peripheral Architecture, won a competition to develop the global concept for the Allas Sea Pool. The studio’s vision is to create a worldwide family of public saunas, spas,

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Prefabricated cabin can be transported to remote locations by lorry

This £39,000 prefabricated cabin by artist Bobby Niven and architect Iain MacLeod is designed to be easily transported on the back of a lorry. School friends Niven and MacLeod designed the small hut, known as the Artist Bothy after the Scottish name for a shelter, for artists wanting to set up studio in isolated locations.  The compact

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Architecture students use cross-laminated timber to build tiny classroom in Oregon forest

Prefabricated panels of cross-laminated timber were used to construct this micro cabin in the Pacific Northwest, designed and built by architecture students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The Emerge cabin is located near Eugene, a small Oregon city that is surrounded by forests and farmland. The compact structure was created in three weeks by 13

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View the best wooden architecture via our updated timber Pinterest board

Following plans for the world’s tallest timber tower in Tokyo, we’ve updated our Pinterest board dedicated to wooden buildings, which includes a French social housing project with a slatted facade, and a latticed community centre by German students. Fo…

“If urban densification is inevitable, then let it be done with a material that makes us happy”

The mass-timber revolution is coming, says Clare Farrow, co-curator of the new London exhibition Timber Rising: Vertical Visions for the Cities of Tomorrow. Revolution is in the air. In this year of centenaries – remembering the end of the Russian Revolution and the success of the British suffrage movement in getting votes for women in 1918 – the

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USA’s largest timber office building proposed for New Jersey

Canadian studio Michael Green Architecture has unveiled plans for a massive timber office complex on the waterfront of Newark, New Jersey, which is expected to be the largest of its kind in the USA. The Vancouver-based practice’s design comprises three stepped volumes in rising heights of six, eight and 11 stories, which will be built

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Skýli mountain shelter is designed to withstand extreme weather conditions

Utopia Arkitekter has designed a tent-like shelter that could provide a cosy retreat for trekkers in the mountains. Called Skýli, which means shelter in Icelandic, the conceptual cabin is designed by Stockholm-based Utopia Arkitekter to withstand the extreme weather conditions of Iceland’s mountain landscape. Built from both steel and cross-laminated timber, it would sleep up to 15 mountaineers,

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Winning design revealed for new library at London’s brutalist Thamesmead estate

Architecture studio Bisset Adams has won a competition to design a lakeside library and community centre in southeast London, as part of a major overhaul of the brutalist Thamesmead estate. Bisset Adams will build the Southmere Village Library to the south bank of Southmere Lake, right beside the the sprawling concrete housing estate that was made infamous by the film adaptation

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Vitsœ completes “intentionally unfinished” cross-laminated timber headquarters

British furniture brand Vitsœ has opened a new headquarters and production facility in the English town of Royal Leamington Spa, featuring a saw-toothed roof and modular construction that means it can be easily updated. Vitsœ is best known as the manufacturer of furniture and storage systems by German designer Dieter Rams, including the modular 606 Universal

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Cross-laminated-timber housing in east London offers “the future of low carbon construction”

Work has been completed on a 10-storey carbon-neutral apartment complex in London’s Dalston, which architecture firm Waugh Thistleton claims is the “world’s largest cross-laminated timber building”. Not only is Dalston Works believed to use more cross-laminated timber (CLT) than any other building in the world, at 33.8 metres tall, it is also among the tallest structures pioneering the use

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Casagrande Laboratory designs cross-laminated timber micro house for city dwellers

To free up space in cramped cities, Finnish architecture firm Casagrande Laboratory designed this self-sufficient prefab house to fit on the footprint of a single car parking space. On show during last month’s edition of Helsinki Design Week as part of the festival’s HOP City Installations, the Tikku concept house – meaning “stick” in Finnish

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Prefabricated holiday home by Nicole Lachelle and Christian Niessen is clad in charred timber

This prototype house overlooking Lake Maggiore was designed by Nicole Lachelle and Christian Niessen to demonstrate the capabilities of prefabricated wood construction, and features charred-timber facades enclosing a bright-white interior. Lachelle and Niessen are the founders of fashion label No Editions, and more recently established a studio called The Wood Creative to explore innovative ways

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Penda proposes Toronto Tree Tower built from cross-laminated timber modules

Plants and trees sprout from the modular units that make up this timber-framed high-rise, proposed by architecture firm Penda for Toronto. Penda, which has offices in China and Austria, collaborated with Canadian company Tmber for the Toronto Tree Tower project. They propose an 18-storey residential block that would stand 62 metres tall, with a modular

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Katerra combines technology and modular construction to create large-scale prefabricated buildings

As prefabricated buildings become increasingly prolific, Silicon Valley design-build firm Katerra hopes to revolutionise the construction industry by using a technology-driven and full-services approach to creating structures at a large scale. Based in Menlo Park, California, Katerra was started in 2015 by Michael Marks, Jim Davidson and Fritz H Wolff. Combined, the three men have

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Portland tower becomes first timber high-rise to gain planning consent in the US

A 12-storey building proposed for Portland’s Pearl District has received the go-ahead from planners, paving the way for it to become the USA’s first high-rise wooden structure. The Framework Building, designed by Lever Architecture to be built from mass timber, was approved for construction by the State of Oregon and the City of Portland this

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Leers Weinzapfel completes America’s first cross-laminated timber academic building

The University of Massachusetts Amherst’s new design school is the first academic building in the US to have a structural frame made of cross-laminated timber, according to its architects Leers Weinzapfel Associates. The Design Building is situated within the university’s campus in the city of Amherst, in central Massachusetts. It is the first cross-laminated timber

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Larch-covered prefab house designed by Karawitz to bring city feel to Paris suburbs

Lofty interiors and a folded black steel staircase feature behind the larch-clad walls of this gabled house, designed by Karawitz and situated outside Paris. The architects created the 145-square-metre Marly House, which is clad entirely in grey larch wood, for a family in Marly-le-Roi, in the western suburbs of Paris. Aiming to bring a “feeling of urbanity” to the small

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Architecture students build latticed-wood community centre in German refugee camp

Architecture students from Germany’s University of Kaiserslautern have built this wooden community centre for a refugee camp in Mannheim, which is fronted by a latticed screen. The pavilion, designed by students Sandra Gressung, Sascha Ritschel and Tobias Vogel, provides a sheltered communal area for refugees arriving in the camp located on the former US Army’s Spinelli Barracks in Mannheim. Eighteen students from

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Movie shows climbers’ shelter by OFIS being airlifted into remote Alpine spot

In this movie, Slovenian studio OFIS Arhitekti shows how the tiny Alpine cabin it designed for climbers was helicoptered into its precarious mountain-top position.  OFIS Arhitekti designed the Kanin Winter Cabin to withstand extreme weather conditions on Mount Kanin and was commissioned by the Slovenian Mountaineer Association. The cabin measures just less than 10 square metres but is designed to sleep

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Toronto’s CN Tower reimagined as residential high-rise covered in wooden pods

Clusters of parasitic apartment units cling to the sides of the CN Tower in this conceptual proposal by Toronto studio Quadrangle. The modular wooden residences would nestle between the giant concrete fins of the 553-metre-tall communications tower – one of the world’s tallest, and a major tourist attraction. “Quadrangle saw an opportunity to reinvigorate the

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Murmuur Architecten uses engineered wood and tiles for holiday home in rural Belgium

Dark clay panels and light green tiles cover the cross-laminated timber structure of this holiday home created by Murmuur Architecten for a spot in the Flemish Ardennes countryside. The Belgian studio designed the holiday home named Buikberglos in Horebeke, a municipality in Belgium’s East Flanders. The structure is built from cross-laminated timber – a strong type of engineered wood that is becoming

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Haptic designs elderly housing for Norway to encourage residents to socialise

Haptic has been selected to create a housing complex in a picturesque Norwegian town with a growing elderly population. The London- and Oslo-based studio – which ranked in the top 100 of the inaugural Dezeen Hot List – won a competition with its design for a series of buildings with zigzagging rooflines in the fjord-side town of

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Precarious Alpine shelter by OFIS offers shelter to Slovenian climbers

This tiny aluminium-clad cabin by Slovenian studio OFIS Arhitekti cantilevers over the edge of a mountain on the Slovenian-Italian border. OFIS Arhitekti worked with local structural engineers CBD to develop the Kanin Winter Cabin, which is designed to resist extreme weather conditions on its exposed site on Mount Kanin. The Slovenian studio – which is featured on the Dezeen Hot List as

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Adam Knibb Architects extends Hampshire barn conversion with timber-clad box

British architect Adam Knibb has added this cross-laminated timber extension to a house in the English county of Hampshire, and connected it to the former barn building by a frameless glass box. The grade II-listed Hurdle House was constructed in 1835 to store the wooden hurdles used to form pens during the town of Alresford’s regular sheep

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MAATworks references Scandinavian architecture with wooden townhouse in Amsterdam

Panels of cross-laminated pine form an angular staircase at the heart of this Amsterdam townhouse by MAATworks, which features a bright red facade. Local studio MAATworks designed the five-storey house to slot into a thin plot in the IJburg district of the Dutch city. The architects were asked by their clients to reference the wooden residences typically found in Scandinavia. They

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Slender apartment block by Amin Taha Architects features a timber structure and wicker balconies

Wicker balconies project from the brick facade of this apartment block in north London, which was designed by Amin Taha Architects with a cross-laminated timber structure. The six-storey gabled block was designed by London-based Amin Taha Architects to slot between a pair of detached brick buildings in Barretts Grove, Stoke Newington, hosting six apartments. A slender rectilinear volume is affixed to the More

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Alison Brooks creates giant smile using cross-laminated tulipwood

London Design Festival 2016: architect Alison Brooks has pushed the limits of cross-laminated timber with The Smile, an inhabitable “mega-tube” with both of its ends raised up into the air (+ slideshow). Brooks teamed up with engineering firm Arup and the American Hardwood Export Council to create the 34-metre-long structure, which they describe as the “first project in the More

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MAPA builds two prefabricated houses in Brazilian mountain landscape

Architecture studio MAPA has revealed the latest project from its prefabricated building company Minimod, a pair of factory-made houses at an estate surrounded by mountains in Brazil (+ slideshow). The Brazil- and Uruguay-based firm has installed two small guesthouses at the Fazenda Catuçaba estate – a historic coffee plantation on the edge of a nature reserve between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Both More

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OOPPEA builds wooden Periscope Tower beside lake in Finland

This lakeside observation pavilion by Finnish studio OOPEAA doubles as a giant periscope, so visitors don’t have to climb to the top to enjoy the view (+ slideshow). Located beside a lake near Seinäjoki, western Finland, the Periscope Tower invites guests to climb up a set of stairs to reach a balcony deck boasting views across the water. More

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Shakespearean-style wooden theatre by Studio Andrew Todd opens in France

Towering bamboo poles encase this cylindrical wooden theatre in France, which opened in a fanfare last week, despite suffering vandalism just a few days before (+ slideshow). Designed Paris-based British office Studio Andrew Todd, the Elizabethan theatre is located in the grounds of the historical castle Chateau d’Hardelot near Calais, northern France. Described by the architects as an “incarnation of More

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Architect blames far-right parties for attack on Shakespearean theatre in France

A Globe-inspired theatre in northern France has been vandalised a week before its opening, an act the architect believes was “politically motivated desecration” by members of the far right. Vandals spray painted phrases like “Irresponsible Politicians – Shame”, “How much?” and “Debt” onto the exterior of the round, wooden theatre, designed by Paris-based Studio Andrew Todd. It is More

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Anders Berensson proposes wooden skyscraper with decorative facade for Stockholm

Anders Berensson Architects has unveiled conceptual plans for Stockholm’s tallest building – a 133-metre wooden skyscraper covered in numbers, which would be erected on top of a 1960s car park in the city centre. The local studio was commissioned to design the 40-storey skyscraper by Stockholm’s liberal Center Party, to help cater for the city’s rapidly growing population. Berensson previously drew up plans More

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Crystalline soccer stadium by Saucier + Perrotte and HCMA references Canadian mining landscape

This football stadium in Montreal has a giant faceted roof structure, which folds over an indoor playing field before morphing into spectator seating surrounding a second open-air pitch (+ slideshow). The Stade de Soccer de Montreal was designed as a collaboration between Canadian studios Saucier + Perrotte and HCMA. It is located on the former Miron Quarry and landfill site, which is in More

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MIMA Light is a small prefabricated house raised up from the landscape on a near-invisible base

The architects behind a prefabricated housing company have completed one of their smallest buildings so far – a cuboidal property raised on a mirrored plinth above a grassy Portuguese landscape (+ movie). MIMA Light is the most simple of the building models offered by the MIMA House brand, established by architects Mário Sousa and Marta Brandão to More

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Shoreditch office by Waugh Thistleton will show off innovative timber structure

Architecture firm Waugh Thistleton has unveiled plans to build a timber-framed office block in London’s Shoreditch that will reveal its state-of-the-art structure through a series of vertical slices. Proposed to replace the existing Development House complex at Leonard Circus, the new nine-storey office building will be among the tallest modern timber-framed buildings in the British capital. It will boast an all-timber structure that brings More

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Jean Paul Viguier selected ahead of Sou Fujimoto for timber-framed tower complex in Bordeaux

French architect Jean Paul Viguier has won a competition to design a new housing and office complex in Bordeaux, proposing a trio of timber-framed towers that will be among the tallest of their kind in the world. Called Hyperion, Jean Paul Viguier’s design was selected ahead of leading firms – including a Sou Fujimoto and Laisné Roussel team – for More

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HawkinsBrown designs pool that will give the sense of “swimming amongst the trees”

A cross-laminated timber roof covers this six-lane swimming pool, which London firm HawkinsBrown plans to add to a school in Surrey (+ slideshow). The 25-metre pool is the second phase of the masterplan developed by HawkinsBrown’s for the City of London Freemen’s School, which has already seen the completion of a new boarding house and More

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Australia becomes latest nation to embrace wooden high-rises

A change to building regulation codes in Australia means that architects will be allowed to build timber-framed structures up to eight storeys in height for the first time. As the result of a two-year research project, the country’s National Construction Code will be altered so that the permitted height of wooden buildings increases from three storeys to eight. The changes, More

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Trio of wooden cabins forms Little House on the Ferry in rural Maine

US design-and-build firm Go Logic has completed a summer house on the rocky coastline of Maine made up of three wooden cabins, each linked by terraced decks (+ slideshow). Located near the waterside in Vinalhaven, the 890-square-foot (82 square metres) house comprises a main building with living and dining areas, and two freestanding bedroom structures linked by decks. Named Little House on More

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Lever Architecture proposes timber-framed tower for Portland

Lever Architecture has designed a 12-storey tower for Portland, Oregon, that will be one of the tallest wooden buildings in the US. Called Framework, the mixed-use building is slated to be constructed in the Pearl District, a trendy Portland neighbourhood. If completed, the 130-foot (40-metre) tower will be one of the first tall wooden buildings More

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Glass facade reveals timber structure of Frame Work building in Portland

This small commercial building in Portland, Oregon, designed by Works Partnership Architecture has an engineered timber frame that is visible behind a glass curtain wall (+ slideshow). The structure, called Frame Work, includes a concrete base with the upper four floors framed in glue-laminated beams, and diagonally laid tongue-and-groove floors and ceilings. The concrete base […]

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Architects embrace “the beginning of the timber age”

Wood is taking over from steel and concrete as the architectural wonder material of the 21st century, with architects praising its sustainability, quality and speed of construction. (+ slideshow). New types of engineered timber that are considerably stronger and more stable than regular wood are allowing architects to build bigger and higher, with timber skyscrapers […]

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Mies-inspired pavilion with “biggest wooden roof possible” opens on Chicago lakefront

Chicago Architecture Biennial 2015: architecture studio Ultramoderne has completed its competition-winning Chicago pavilion, which was built using the largest lengths of timber that can be shipped across North America (+ slideshow). Named Chicago Horizon, the pavilion was the winning design in the Chicago Lakefront Kiosk Competition, organised as part of the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial that […]

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HawkinsBrown pairs cross-laminated timber and steel for record-breaking apartment block

HawkinsBrown has completed a 33-metre-high apartment block in London’s Shoreditch, which the studio claims is “the tallest building to use structural cross-laminated timber in Europe” (+ slideshow). Named The Cube, the 10-storey residential building was constructed using a hybrid structure that is primarily cross-laminated timber (CLT), but also integrates steel elements and a reinforced-concrete core. London studio Hawkins/Brown […]

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