If you ask the average person, they’re most likely say to that building structures out of wood is a foregone practice. However, in just the past decade, some of these structures are proving that it’s not only still viable, but it might be the future of architecture and construction. Here are the most amazing and largest wood structures in North America as of 2020.
8. Old Faithful Inn
One of the few log hotels still operating in North America, the Old Faithful Inn is the largest log hotel in the world. The Old Faithful Inn was built to replace the Upper Geyser Basin Hotel when it burned down. The inn is famous for its multi-story lobby and a great view of the Old Faithful Geyser.
City: West Yellowstone, Montana
7. Hangar B
Tillamook Air Museum, home to the world’s largest clear-span wooden structure, is where you can find Hangar B. The hangar was built by the U.S. Navy during World War II, and in its heyday it would be used to house both airplanes and blimps.
City: Tillamook, Oregon
6. Superior Dome
Not to be confused with the Superdome, in its grand opening, the Superior Dome was donned as the largest wooden dome and the overall fifth largest dome in the world. It is home to the Northern Michigan University Wildcats football and athletic teams.
Cubic ft: 16,135,907
City: Marquette, Michigan
5. Bullitt Center
Built to be have a 250 year lifespan, this heavy timber structure is one of the largest net positive energy buildings in the world. The building being equipped with solar panels, rainwater-to-potable water, and its own compost sewage has made it a certified living building. The Bullitt Center is home to the Bullitt Foundation, the University of Washington, Sonos, and more.
City: Seattle, Washington
T3, short for, timber, technology, transit, opened its doors in November 2016 as the largest mass timber building in the United States. The T3 provides retail and office spaces for lease.
City: Minneapolis, Minnesota
3. Brock Commons Tallwood House
As of September 2017, the Brock Commons Tallwood House is the tallest contemporary wood building. The construction of the mass timber building was completed less than 70 days after the prefabricated components arrived on site. The Brock Commons Tallwood House’s tenants are students of the University of British Columbia.
Resident Occupancy: 400
City: Vancouver, Canada
2. Albina Yard
Built as a creative office space for small businesses, the Albina Yard mass timber building was the first to use domestically fabricated cross laminated timber in the United States. Just minutes from downtown Portland, the structure was built with the intention of paving the way for the adoption of more renewable mass timber construction technologies.
City: Portland, Oregon
Upon its completion in 2018, the residential condominiums became the tallest wooden building in the United States. Carbon12 claims to be better equipped to handle any natural disaster than any other residential building in the United States. You can find this glass and timber structural showcase in the Mississippi District of Portland.
City: Portland, Oregon
Future of Construction
With wood proving to be a strong contender in the field of constructing bigger and taller structurally sound buildings, it’s without a doubt there will be more to add to the list in the near future. We’re already keeping an eye on the Ascent tower in Milwaukee, the River Beech Tower in Chicago, and Canada’s Earth Tower in Vancouver.