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WRNS Studio designs largest timber project in North America for Microsoft

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While many cross-laminated timber (CLT) buildings have tested the vertical limits of the product, San Francisco–based architecture firm WRNS Studio recently set a record by designing North America’s largest CLT building in floor area. At over 644,000 square feet, the firm’s addition to Microsoft Silicon Valley, part of a larger renovation of the Moutain View campus, demonstrates CLT’s potential as …

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Buildings for the future

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It is astonishing that buildings have so rarely been discussed in the climate change debate so far. Indeed, the ecological burden generated from our built environment is overwhelming. Buildings for the future It has been almost 40 years since the scientific environmental study ‘Global 2000’, commissioned by US President Jimmy Carter, triggered mass demonstrations around the world and made climate protection a permanent …

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New French public buildings must be made 50% from wood

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The government of France is set to require that all new public buildings must be made at least 50% from wood or other sustainable materials from 2022 as it pushes for sustainable urban development. The local government in Paris had already pledged a greater use of natural materials such as wood, straw and hemp, and any buildings higher than eight …

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A new RIBA show asks if timber is the new concrete

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At around this point last year, The Guardian ran the headline, “Concrete: the most destructive material on Earth.” This was, you could say, concrete’s watershed moment. Attitudes towards the material have shifted significantly as architects ditch their béton love affair and look for something new with cork and hemp emerging as new kids on the block. However, perhaps it’s an …

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Timber Goes High-Tech in New Toronto Office Tower

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Set to break ground this month, Toronto’s 77 Wade is taking a high-tech approach to hybrid construction. This eight-story office building blends historic timber construction from yesteryear with the innovative possibilities of today’s advanced wood-hybrid building systems. Once complete, 77 Wade will be the tallest mass timber office building in Canada targeting LEED Gold certification. Mass timber is decreasing the …

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Brookfield Properties to Build the Largest Mass Timber Office Building in North America at Pier 70 in San Francisco

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Brookfield Properties plans to build the largest mass timber office building in North America as part of its 28-acre Pier 70 waterfront development at a historic shipyard property in San Francisco. “Our decision to use mass timber is inspired by the neighborhood’s culture of creativity, sustainability and strong opinions,” said Brookfield Properties Sr. Manager of Development Cutter MacLeod. “By applying …

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Magdalena Hotel: The First Mass Timber Boutique Hotel in North America

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PROGRESS UPDATE: We are nearing complete installation of the three hotel buildings. StructureCraft, as design-builder, joined the project team early to be structural engineer for the timber superstructure, working closely with Lake Flato Architects through SD, DD and CD phases leading to Building Permit drawings. Magdalena Hotel will be the first mass timber boutique hotel in North America. The timber …

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Generate and Placetailor to build carbon-neutral CLT apartment block in Boston

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Architecture studio Generate and developer Placetailor have unveiled plans to build a carbon-neutral apartment block  in Boston using a cross-laminated timber “kit of parts”. The proposed five-storey block will use Generate’s Model-C prototype “kit of parts” system, which is a type of modular prefabrication that allows for disassembly and reuse. It is intended to achieve the Passivhaus standard for energy efficiency and …