Less material, greater adaptability
SPLAM [SPatial LAMinated timber] is a full-scale prototype of a single-story structural framing system used in mid-rise, fire-resistant construction. Lighter in weight than conventional building framing methods, spatial-laminated timber, or SLT, reduces material use by 46 percent compared to a traditional cross-laminated timber panel. It achieves this by making use of shorter 2x4s that interlock to create an optimized dimensional layout. This layout can be infinitely modified to suit the structural demands of a building’s form or functional needs, becoming denser where the lattice needs to accommodate heavier loads, and more sparse in non-load-bearing areas.
The product of a multi-year creative collaboration between SOM and the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, the SPLAM pavilion demonstrates a solution that could dramatically reduce timber consumption and overall carbon footprint if used to construct an entire building.