4 Architects Who Are Already Setting the Trend
Cross laminated timber, or CLT, is highly resistant due to the fact that it is composed of innu-merable layers of sawn and glued timber, a characteristic which makes it strongly competitive as a material for the great sustainable constructions of the future. And despite the fact that CLT dates back to 1990, it was not until the 2000s that its use became “common”, and only in 2015 did it become part of the International Construction Code.
Although woodworking under the CLT system is relatively new, there are still many specialists who have dedicated themselves to researching it and trying new methods to display this materi-al in their projects. Below, we give you 4 architects who are setting trends in this area and who have been highlighted in The Architect’s Newspaper:
Wood is not a common building material in Los Angeles, California, but Casey Rehm, a profes-sor at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), is convinced that the produc-tion of CLT panels will contribute to the construction of emergency houses for the homeless. He is promoting strategies among his students for construction with this material, but at low cost. Among his noteworthy projects is NN_House_1, a one-story house located in the desert plains of Joshua Tree, California, that is said to be his top exploratory project as, in addition to wood, it was also designed with a 3D neural network.
Meyboom is a professor at the University of British Columbia and, together with 22 of her stu-dents, she built the third Wander Wood Pavilion, a twisting and latticed timber structure. This project, in which Oliver David Krieg from Intelligent City and David Correa from the University of Waterloo also participated, was a real demonstration that wood is absolutely viable when chosen as a building material, especially if it is combined with the use of new technologies; such as iterative processes of computer analysis, physical tests and an automated industrial system for the manufacture of each piece, specifically, to produce wooden components.
“Meteorite”, the three-story house designed by Finnish architect, Kivi Sotamaa, is 100% built with CLT and part of his research on the application of this material on a smaller scale that aims to reinvent the family home worldwide. In accordance with the Platform Architecture motto, the house was created under a system that " creates two distinct formal systems to generate room-sized interstitial spaces that simultaneously act as insulation, storage space, and housing for the building’s technical systems." A precise exercise of a name that is increasingly associated with CLT construction.
Retsin is an architect and professor at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London, where he leads and researches various projects, focusing mainly, in recent times, on laminated timber, since in his words, “designing in timber not only means a more sustainable future, but also has architects profoundly redesigning buildings from the ground up.” This English academic has become one of the main promoters of the material and his stamp is reflected in projects such as the remodeling of the Helsinki National Museum and the Royal Academy of Arts, among others.
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