Flatiron Facade Featured on Archinect

Nov 04, 2023

The Portland Flatiron building is a five-story mixed-use building sited at the edge of a sloping triangular site in North Portland. Named after the Fuller and other Flatiron buildings across the US, this three-sided structure is the first framed entirely from mass timber.

Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) decking was chosen for its unique ability to simplify the corner geometries structural requirements. Because CLT is multi-directional in strength, the material creates laced corners with double cantilever balconies and projections. This concept showcases one of the many positive attributes of CLT.

Recently featured on Archinect as one of “10 architectural facades we liked this week”, Flatiron creates a stunning perspective whether passing by in a vehicle or walking along the pedestrian route to the neighborhood. The unique triangular geometry resulted in a weave of bay windows and open space at the corners.

Creating a concept for a building with only three elevations was a first, and stood out as a special opportunity to lace the façade together in a way that would never occur in a standard four-sided structure.

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