Motiv Architects designs garage in Vancouver with laminated timber

Motiv Architects designs garage in Vancouver with laminated timber

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Motiv Architects

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• Location:  Vancouver Canada

Square meters: 30m²

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  • Nicola Logworks - Structurlam
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    The 100-per-cent wood structure is a testament that no job is too small for prefabrication

    Vancouver practice Motiv Architects has actually constructed a garage from cross-laminated lumber as an experiment of dealing with the product on a little scale.

    Eton Accessory Building, the garage is a 330-square-foot (30-square-metre) gabled structure on an alleyway in Vancouver It is linked via a garden to the main residence that is on a separate street-- a program typical in the city.

    Motiv Architects created the job to house the owners brought back vintage Mustangs and to act as a workshop for them to manage their industrial bag and belt fabrication company.

    The studio constructed the garage with a premade style utilizing cross-laminated lumber (CLT) because it wanted to learn how to use the engineered-wood building product.

    " This 100-per-cent wood structure is a testament that no job is too small for prefabrication, its design substantiated of a strong desire to deal with cross-laminated timber-- to much better understand its homes in addition to the efficiencies of its assembly on a task of an extremely little scale," Motiv Architects said.

    CLT, which is made from layers of wood glued together, provided a method to develop rapidly and easily, as the site was rather inaccessible and surrounded by other garages and houses.

    " The website presented a variety of obstacles-- accessed from a narrow alley with an overhead powerline, minimal lay-down location, and surrounding structures," Motiv Architects added.

    It took under two days to develop the Eton Accessory Building and it was built with a crane referred to as Hydrauliska Industri AB (HIAB). Black vertical boards and battens of native Western Red Cedar siding outfitted the outside for insulation.

    The faceted roofing folds over a shingle-clad laneway house in Vancouver.

    " Designed as a kit of parts, the structure is entirely made of three-ply CLT with big cedar framed openings at both ends," stated the studio. "Cut into its part by hand as 14 pieces and trucked to Vancouver, the CLT was set up from a HIAB in one-and-a-half days-- snapping together like a puzzle."

    Efforts to optimize the CLT panel size and sturdiness consisted of incorporating a mezzanine inside and including built-in gutters outside to stiffen the structure.

    Inside, the CLT is left exposed to showcase the warmth of the spruce. Four skylights are even put throughout the ceiling and align with vertical windows around the exterior. A long window above the desk in the back also overlooks the garden.

    The exterior has an onyx finish for contrast and blends with the dark standing seam metal roof.

    " A radiant contrast of exterior and interior is developed," the studio added. "Neighbours come by to see what the latest job is and to admire the woodiness of all of it ... a gem in the community."

    In addition to this garage, another task constructed on a laneway in Vancouver is Laneway House by Campos Studio, but instead of being for cars and trucks, it has a bedroom for a growing household.

    Motiv Architects is led by designers Asher DeGroot and Tracey Mactavish. The studio has actually also constructed Swallowfield Barn for DeGroot's household farm in British Columbia.

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