Michael Green Architecture’s T3 Building

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Vancouver’s Michael Green Architecture, a firm known for building carbon-neutral structures made of wood, has created the largest mass timber building in the United States.

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Photo by Ema Peter Photography.
The T3 (timber, technology, transit) project in Minneapolis features 224,000 square-feet of retail and office space, and over 3,600 cubic-metres of exposed mass timber in the form of floor slabs, beams, and columns. Created in partnership with DLR Group, the building utilizes a lot of lumber from trees that were killed by the mountain pine beetle—in other words, it gives otherwise useless timber a beautiful reincarnation.

The material is in fact celebrated at T3, with knots and other imperfections left to shine, and wooden stairs, furniture, and booths accenting the ground-level interior workspace. Lighting directed up to the ceiling means that as darkness falls, the large-windowed structure will start to glow.

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Photo by by Ema Peter Photography.
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Photo by by Ema Peter Photography.


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January 28, 2017