Wood is known for its natural ability to improve acoustic performance—to either dampen or expose sound to exacting requirements. In the music industry, wood forms the acoustical body of many instruments, such as pianos, violins, and guitars.
The University of Arkansas (UofA) has begun construction on the Stadium Drive Residence Halls, its newest student residence. The endeavor is a collaborative effort of UofA Housing Facilities Management, the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, and the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design. When completed, the buildings will be the country’s first residence halls to use cross-laminated timber (CLT) and the first multistory advanced timber structures in Arkansas.
San Francisco’s LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired is a 115-year-old social services organization serving people who are blind or have low vision. In designing the organization’s new headquarters, the architects at Mark Cavagnero Associates had the opportunity to reimagine their usual design process and rethink how to create beautiful spaces focusing on all senses.
Mass timber—specifically cross-laminated timber (CLT)—continues to spread across the nation as an alternative to traditional concrete and steel construction. CLT panels are described as large-scale, predesigned, and highly engineered for precise tolerances.
A long, winding driveway in Bluffton, South Carolina, weaves through expansive maritime forest marshland full of live oaks and long-leaf pines before it opens onto the secluded Palmetto Bluff community.