Cross Laminated Timber Buildings | 5 Cool CLT Houses

Cross Laminated Timber is an extremely durable and innovative building material produced in a factory environment. Produced as an alternative to reinforced concrete and steel, CLT has a rigid body. Providing solutions to the durability, manufacturing and structural problems of traditional wood, it allows you to build structures with much different dimensions and designs. In this article, we have compiled the structures with the most pleasant designs that we have chosen among the CLT houses.

CLT Cross Laminated Wooden blocks examples
CLT block examples

Examples of CLT Houses

FMD Architects

This wooden house designed by FMD Architects in 2019 is located in Australia. Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) building material was preferred in most of the residence, which has a construction area of 560 m2. The project consists of two masses on the ground floor. The small mass contains a bedroom, bathroom, staircase and technical volume for guests.

There are 5 bedrooms, a guest greeting hall, a living room, a large kitchen, 2 bathrooms, dishwashing and drying rooms in the main mass. The semi-open space in the middle of these two blocks is used as a parking area. When go upstairs, another living room welcomes us, while a part of the same space is reserved as a library. Additionally, on this floor there are a guest bedroom, spa, bathrooms and master bedroom.

Modern wooden houses
CLT House – ©FMD Architects

The upper floor of the building, designed with CLT panels and elements, has a 10-meter span between the two masses. Despite this hard move, the roof cover has taken on a sawtooth appearance by repeating the triangular cross-section elements. This is one of the design decisions that contributes to the dynamic and modern look of this wooden house by adding a movement to the horizontal stability.

Not only the structural system of the building, but also bookcases, wardrobes, shoe cabinets, tables and bar units are designed with Cross Laminated Timber.

Wooden house designed by FMD Architects
Interior – ©FMD Architects

Tennent Brown Architects

Located in New Zealand, Torea Studio is a work, meeting and temporary accommodation place for guests. Triangular-shaped CLT panels have been folded and brought together at different angles to create a dynamic shell. The outer part of these panels is covered with zinc metal coatings painted in charcoal color. By this way, the inner and outer surfaces of the panels have achieved a perfect harmony between a light brown and a charcoal color.

Torea Studio among the most beautiful wooden structures designed with CLT
Torea Studio

Contrary to the vibrant standing and dynamic angles of the mass, the CLT panels left bare in the interior provided a mild and peaceful environment. This CLT building, designed by Tennent Brown Architects in 2016, won various awards in design competitions on wooden houses in New Zealand.

Ardea Oosthuizen

Wooden House designed by Ardea Oosthuizen
CLT House – ©Ardea Oosthuizen

The main building material of this building, which resembles a modern 3-storey villa, is CLT. It is located very close to a beach and has a magnificent view. Due to this view, the architect designed the front of the building very transparent. The building, which responds to the slope and topography of the land with cantilevers, has a very efficient natural thermal insulation thanks to its wooden construction material.

According to the owners of the house, there is no need to cool the interior, while it is enough to spend a small amount of energy for heating. The house designed by Ardea Oosthuizen is the first wooden house in Australia using CLT building material.

Interior design examples for the CLT homes
Interior

CLT material is only one of sustainable architecture features of the building. There is also an effective natural ventilation design in the structure, which uses double glass in the joinery, has a rainwater collection system and PV panels.

Atelier Jones

Most beautiful CLT houses with modern designs
CLT House – ©Lara Swimmer

CLT house, the work of architect Susan Jones, have a design almost completely with cross laminated wood material. It is possible to feel the warmth of wood both inside and outside. Since the panels are pre-fabricated, holes in various shapes were opened on them during the cutting phase. Thus, light entry is provided not only from the windows but also from the holes in the CLT wall panels. This 2-storey house has an excellent wooden structured terrace roof.

Terrace roof design example with wooden structure
Terrace of the house – ©Lara Swimmer
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