Green Architecture News: The Tallest Wooden Building in the U.S.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced the winners of the U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition at a New York City press conference. One of the teams honored was LEVER Architecture for their design of what will be the tallest wooden building in the country—a structure they call “Framework.”
Designed for mixed-use purposes and set in the Pearl District of Portland, Oregon, the construct will rise 12 stories and was already in its development stages prior to LEVER’s recognition from the USDA. The renderings of Framework are reminiscent of any contemporary building one might find in the most highly developed urban areas, but the building will be constructed primarily of cross-laminated timber, some of which will be exposed in the ceilings, while wood columns and beams of glue-laminated timber will sure to draw attention at floor levels throughout.
Incorporating residential, office, and commercial spaces, as well as a community area that will feature an exhibit on tall-wood construction, the 130-foot Framework building will be set atop a reinforced concrete foundation laid in a formerly industrial segment of the city that is serviced by a public streetcar. LEVER’s design also takes social interaction into account as well as resource consumption. Both will be optimized thanks to smart organization of building circulation and services.
Based in Portland, LEVER Architecture’s mission is to strengthen communities in part by blurring the boundaries between public and private spaces. Much of their work can be found in Portland, but some of their most famous work has been completed in Los Angeles. The team was responsible for the recent renovations of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences building and the Samuel Goldwyn Theater, home to the Academy Awards’ nominations announcements.