NORWAY - Various Norwegian architecture groups designed a cross-laminated timber (CLT) cabin that was put together by volunteers over 1,500 hours.
 
After finding and mapping out a suitable site in 3D using a drone and photogrammetry software, architects designed 77 unique CLT panels that would be assembled on site like a 3D puzzle. Designers then tested the cabin by simulating wind conditions and arctic storms in an artificial setting. 3D printing was utilized to test how the panels would fit together, reports designboom.
 
The cabin's construction was a major joint effort. A crowdfunding campaign raised enough money after plans went over-budget. Local businesses donated materials and services for the construction effort. Kebony donated materials for the exterior cladding. A hiking association transported materials to the site. Volunteers spent over 1,500 hours on the cabin's construction, said designboom.
 
The cabin is very minimalist - featuring just a wood burning stove, nominal seating, fireplace, and a window. It exists for hikers trekking through the cold town of Hammerfest, Norway.
 
A second cabin is in the works.
 
Cross-laminated timber, a form of mass timber, is driving the effort to replace concrete with wood in construction around the world. These buildings are faster to construct, more energy efficient, and comprised completely from renewable materials. The recently approved Timber Innovation Act incentivizes timber construction in the U.S.
 
Images by Tor Even Mathisen.

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