CLT House by Susan Jones shows the future of sustainable, green and healthy housing

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CLT house side

credit: Lloyd Alter

It is the usual practice in covering architecture to wait until a building is complete before it gets published. However in the case of the CLT house in Seattle, designed by Susan Jones of atelierjones, I can't wait. That's because it's so TreeHugger; the house is relatively small at 1500 square feet, it's on an impossible triangular lot that really limits the design options, it's almost passive house, it's covered in one of my favorite materials, Shou sugi ban, but most importantly it is built of Cross-laminated timber (CLT), one of the most important innovations in wood construction of the last few decades. It is also going to be stunningly beautiful.

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