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Case study: Why LOCUS Architecture chose Arbor Wood for its new office building

Thermally modified Arbor Wood as exterior cladding on front of LOCUS Architecture building

LOCUS Architecture is a Minneapolis-based architectural firm that designs sustainable buildings and renovations for residential, business and religious clients who value the arts and the environment.

LOCUS recently moved in to a new building at Nicollet Avenue and East 45th Street in Minneapolis. The new office features a gorgeous install of Arbor Wood Co. thermally modified wood.

Arbor Wood can be found at the main entry of the office as well as at a walk-out deck area on the south side, which has Arbor Wood cladding and decking.

Thermally modified Arbor Wood as exterior cladding on front of office building
Thermally modified Arbor Wood as exterior cladding
Arbor Wood thermally modified wood as exterior cladding on building

Justin Merkovich of Locus Architecture says they chose Arbor Wood because it is a real, domestic wood species that is durable and, importantly, beautiful.

“We selected Arbor Wood for the most prominent faces on the building that would have the most frequent human interaction,” says Merkovich. “In terms of construction and ease of use, Arbor Wood is a good fit with our rain screen wall assembly.”

Thermally modified Arbor Wood

The office is about 50 percent new construction, so there was a good deal of brick that had been painted over many times. LOCUS Architecture used painted cement fiberboard in less prominent areas of the new portions of the building. They choose a blue color throughout that complements the deep, rich wood tones in the dark ash Arbor Wood after tung oil was applied.

Arbor Wood thermally modified wood on right with blue brick on left

The dark ash Arbor Wood is also a good middle ground between the blue painted cement fiberboard/brick and dark bronze metal window and door frames.

Arbor Wood thermally modified wood as exterior cladding at LOCUS Architecture in Minneapolis

The new building (Map It!) is open and anyone is free to stop by and ogle the Arbor Wood from the exterior. To speak to LOCUS Architecture further about their new building and choice of Arbor Wood, please email them to make an appointment.

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