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Innovations in Heavy Timber Construction

Heavy timber construction—used for hundreds of years around the world—successfully combines the beauty of exposed wood with the strength and fire resistance of heavy timber. The traditional techniques used in ancient churches and temples, with their high-vaulted ceilings, sweeping curves and enduring strength, still influence today’s structures. The hallmarks of heavy timber—prominent wood beams and timbers—now also include elegant, leaner framing that celebrates the expression of structure with a natural material. A visual emphasis on beams, purlins and connections lends character and a powerful aesthetic sense of strength. 

See the beauty of timber in modern construction showcased in a variety of innovative projects.

Cathedral of Christ the Light / Skidmore Owings & Merrill / photo Cesar Rubio