CLT not just for skyscrapers. Architecture team designs and builds tiny cabin in Oregon Forest

The Bauman Tree Farm in Lane County has a legacy of teaching young people about forests and forestry. One of the newest buildings on the property took that education to a whole new level.

A design team that included 13 students and Jason Griffiths, a professor at the University of Nebraska School of Architecture, spent three weeks in Oregon designing and building a micro-cabin from cross-laminated timber, also known as CLT.

The 80-square-foot structure differs in size from the multi-story buildings elsewhere in the Northwest that feature CLT. But the concept is fundamentally the same.

CLT consists of kiln-dried boards stacked and bonded with adhesive for incredible strength and durability. It can meet any size or design specifications.

As Dezeen reports, the tiny cabin is meant to convey the relationship between the forest and the production of lumber in the Pacific Northwest.

The building is topped by a soaring structure containing a skylight and is elevated off the ground on four concrete pillars. Front and rear facades feature wooden screens with irregular patterns evoking tree branches.

“It’s an opportunity to really educate folks about how we use our timber resources,” Lindsay Reaves, co-owner of the Bauman Tree Farm, told Oregon Forests Forever.

“Most people had not heard of CLT,” Reaves says. “But everyone loves the look of wood.”

The cabin has won design awards and is used today to host a variety of visitors.

“We bring middle school students here. Teachers on a saw mill tour come here. The Society of American Foresters picnicked here,” Reaves says. “Next week we are doing a training with the Oregon Department of Forestry.”

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