Laurentian Architecture Laurentienne: A school built out of Cross-Laminated Timber

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Rendering LAL

credit: LGA Architecture


Laurentian Architecture Laurentienne (LAL) is the first new architecture school in Ontario in forty years, and the first in Northern Ontario. Sudbury is rugged, blasted by a meteor two million years ago that made it a mining center. The Architecture school is being built downtown on an old railway yard, becoming a mini-campus of new and old buildings. In the new building,LGA Architectural Partners (formerly Levitt Goodman Architects) have had a rare opportunity to build a new architecture facility and to make it part of the pedagogy, using different materials and technologies, letting it all hang out for the students to see, almost an architectural catalogue in 3D form.

A portion of the building is made of cross-laminated timber, one of our favorite materials. CLT has been called "plywood on steroids"- it is built up of small pieces of lumber laid up with each ply going 90° to the next, making it strong, dimensionally stable and usable for walls, floors and roofs. I visited the site as a guest of Woodworks!, "a national campaign to increase the use of wood in commercial, industrial and institutional construction."

Here is some of the other work of LGA/ Levitt Goodman in TreeHugger:
Transitional Housing by Levitt Goodman
Mobile healthy food market is rolling around Toronto
Buildup To Greenbuild: Levitt Goodman Architects From The Archives

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