Although NLT floors and roofs can be covered by finishes, it is often left exposed as a key design element.
The atrium at Samuel Brighouse Elementary School, advances the same concept with integrated steel struts and tension cables, turning the NLT into a truss system to create a whimsically undulating roof. Compound curves are also possible.
The NLT at Brentwood station is curved perpendicular to the laminations, and used a combination of curved NLT, curved-in-plan. The NLT is curved to follow the shape of the glued-laminated beams. This photo shows the form of the NLT curved-in-plan to accommodate the overall form of the station. The NLT spans between the curved glued-laminated beams set at varying angles, resulting in a building form with compound curvature.
This is an overview to help designers and architects become familiar with NLT’s versatility to create compelling designs.