Some 25 years after the material was invented in Austria, both the production and use of cross-laminated timber (CLT) are increasingly becoming globalized. The latest "extra" edition of Oliver Lowenstein’s web-magazine, www.unstructured.co.uk
, is a testimony to this. With contributions by dRMM’s Alex de Rijke and Arup Associates’ Andrew Lawrence among others, the edition spans mainstream and experimental uses of CLT, from Vidy Theatre, the first folded plate CLT structure developed by Lausanne’s IBOIS timber research lab, to Germany’s largest modular student housing by Sauerbruch Hutton. Continental timber pioneers like Norway’s Helen & Hard, Holland’s KorteknieStuhlmacher and Tom Frantzen are explored alongside the first English-language interview with Gerhard Schickhofer from the TU Graz, one of Europe’s leading experts in CLT construction.
New British projects including WaughThistleton’s Lewes Road student housing, and the first Monocoque building in CLT by Nicholas Pople Architects, are profiled and the improbable rise of Hackney as the world centre in urban timber construction is told in depth and detail. The issue is rounded off by an overview of tall timber buildings across Europe North America, and Australasia.