Shiver me timbers! Flank bringing wooden buildings to Brooklyn Projects will rise two and five stories
From left: Exterior rendering of 320 Wythe Avenue and the interior of 360 Wythe Avenue
UPDATED 11:40 a.m., Nov. 20: New York City isn t quite ready for a timber tower, but Brooklyn is about to take a crack at low-rise office and retail buildings made of wood.
Flank, an architecture and development firm, is building two timber-filled commercial buildings at 320 and 360 Wythe Avenue in South Williamsburg. The firm is billing the projects as the first wooden structures to be built in the city in nearly a century.
Not that others haven t tried: Two years ago, SHoP unveiled renderings for a 10-story timber-based condo building, which was planned for 475 West 18th Street. The project s developer, however, scrapped the design last year, saying the market downturn and city regulations made the building unfeasible.
Current city rules only allow wooden buildings of up to six stories tall. That s not a problem for Flank s 360 and 320 Wythe, which will respectively rise five and three stories. The projects are using a kind of mass timber, which is engineered wood that s extremely dense — a feature that serves to strengthen the material and make it fire resistant. Flank s using cross-laminated timber from Canada-based Nordic Structures. The material is mostly made from black spruce trees.
The use of mass timber has caught on in other cities. Hines announced plans earlier this week for a six-story, wooden office building in Chicago as well as another in Atlanta. Last year, the developer completed a mass timb爱上海同城