Southern Exposure

By Alex Bozikovic
Canadian Architect
November 16, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US East

… I can smell the fragrance of forest. In this case it’s emanating from some planks of softwood attached to a lobby ceiling at T3, an office building in downtown Minneapolis. …Its developer—Houston, Texas-based Hines—has named it T3, for “timber, transit and technology,” and all of this woodiness, real and symbolic, indicates the building’s raison d’être. Its main distinction is the mass timber framework that supports the bulk of its 220,000 square feet. …There is no structural timber to see until you enter the tenant floors above, and even the particular technologies employed there—nail laminated timber (NLT) and glue-laminated timber—are not new. So the building doesn’t live up to that breathless Dezeen billing, which, like much of the current discourse on wood, overhypes the material’s current possibilities.

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