Tall Wood Buildings on the Rise

Dezeen, an online magazine & showcase of architecture, design and interior projects from around the world, recently ran an article touting wood as the “architectural wonder material of the 21st Century.”

The Finlandia Prize-winning Puukuokka apartment building was built with prefabricated modules of CLT.

The article, titled ‘Architects embrace “the beginning of the timber age,“‘ features a stunning gallery of images of some of the most remarkable wood structures ever built, and architects weigh in on the benefits of mass timber products, such as cross laminated timber (CLT), that allow for design and construction of ever taller wood buildings.

CLTs have been studied here at the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) from many angles, including fire performance, possibilities for use in earthquake-prone regions, and the effects of moisture on CLTs.

FPL researchers also played a role in the development of the U.S. CLT Handbook, which provides technical information for the design, construction, and implementation of CLT systems and illustrates CLT applications adapted to current codes and standards.