The Adaptive platform ​By Seth McDowell​​​​

The adaptive platform

​​​By Seth McDowell​​​​ (mcdowellespinosa)​

The Adaptive Platform deploys a modular wood platform framing system of LVL components to extend and revive the abandoned West Heating Plant in Washington DC.  This flexible system for construction buildings a light, modular building on top of a National Landmark Building that has no certain future.  The new construction will generate a minimum of 108 residential units to the thriving, expensive neighborhood of Georgetown.  The staggering assembly logic produces a situation that allows each resident to have exterior space and a corner window.  Intermediate levels also provide work space for the inhabitants.  These intermediate infrastructural floors provide intermediate levels for mechanical services.  The residential units fluctuate in length in order to provide a variety of domestic sizes and to maximize the exterior exposure.  The building in made of 90% wood.  Both the structural system and cladding systems incorporate engineered lumber products.  The North facade is conceived as a thermal veil and is composed of multiple layers of polycarbonate cladding in order to maintain a lightness while accepting light. ​​  ​

City Above the City architecture competition

Plan B : City Above the City architecture competition 

Metsä Wood challenged architects and students around the world to push the boundaries of modern wood building design in the urban environment. Entrants from 40 countries created their Plan B to urbanisation using wood (Kerto® LVL – laminated veneer lumber) as the main material. The task was to design a wooden extension to an existing urban building. The entries were designed to 69 cities worldwide.

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