Bornstein Lyckefors builds pale green cabin on rural Swedish island

Architecture studio Bornstein Lyckefors chose an unusual shade of green for the exterior of Granholmen, a humble cabin on the Swedish island of Kallaxön. Although many of Sweden’s wooden cottages and barns are famously painted in a distinctive shade of red, there is no history of that colour being used on the islands of the […]

Gray Organschi completes wooden high school extension with irregular roofing in Connecticut

Outdoor classrooms and active farmlands surround the extension to this ecological high school in Connecticut, which Gray Organschi built with cross-laminated timber to demonstrate sustainable design practices. Common Ground High School is a charter school in New Haven with a curriculum focused on the environment. It was founded in 1997 and is one of the […]

Alder Brisco creates “attic of warm wooden curiosities” as office for recruitment agency

A Victorian goods elevator and wooden clock tower both feature in the office of London recruitment agency Represent, designed by Alder Brisco in an old warehouse loft. Studio Represent is a small office on the third floor of a late-19th-century warehouse in Farringdon, London. It features a custom-built wooden interior that pays tribute to its industrial […]

IFUB designs pair of matching timber houses in Munich

German practice IFUB has completed a pair of timber homes in Munich that are subtly differentiated by the direction of their diagonal larch cladding and different coloured blinds. The pair of adjoined homes have been built on the site of a former 1950s house that was in a state of disrepair. All that remains of this original home […]

Red wooden curtain surrounds nature reserve entrance pavilion by Sandellsandberg

A curtain of red timber panels drape around the entrance pavilion to the Eriksberg Hotel & Nature Reserve in Blekinge, Sweden, designed by Sandellsandberg. Named Outdoor Eriksberg, the bright red building was designed by Swedish studio Sandellsandberg to improve the quality and navigability of the nature reserve’s entrance area. It has a “textile look” intended to […]

Prefabricated pine panels clad kindergarten near Barcelona

Architects Eduard Balcells, Ignasi Rius and Daniel Tigges have designed a wood-clad concrete kindergarten for the El Tiller Waldorf-Steiner School in Bellaterra, Spain. The concrete and pine kindergarten is one of six structures arranged like a small village around a central “rambla” – a Hispanic term for a promenade or high street. Alongside the kindergarten, […]

Pale wood blends Cristián Izquierdo Lehmann’s Chilean house into sandy surrounds

Architecture studio Cristián Izquierdo Lehmann has designed this wooden house in Chile around a central, square-shaped room with a dramatic vaulted ceiling. Named after the town where it is located, the House in El Peumo is situated in Chile‘s O’Higgins Region, just south of Santiago. The dwelling sits atop a sandy plateau surrounded by pine […]

Diébédo Francis Kéré bundles logs to form roof of Tippet Rise Art Center pavilion

Burkinabe architect Diébédo Francis Kéré used sick and dead trees to build this pavilion at the Tippet Rise Art Center in Montana, USA. The roof, columns and seats of Kéré‘s Xylem pavilion are made from bundles of local ponderosa and lodge pole pine logs, felled during a “natural pruning” process that aims to save forests from […]

Hubris Atë Nemesis installation curves up Maine contemporary art gallery

Curvy and bent wooden strips are laid out to resemble a wave in this installation in Maine, created by local designers Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B Nguyen. Kavanaugh and Nguyen designed the Hubris Atë Nemesis installation for the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA), taking cues from the from the rough waters and wind in […]

Geza designs gabled home to frame views of Alpine village

Architecture studio Geza has wrapped a skin of sun-shading angled larch slats around this large gabled house on a steep Alpine slope in Italy. Located close to a small town in Camporosso,  Z House is designed to capture panoramic views of the nearby valley and mountains. Larch slats that surround both of the house’s volumes […]

University of Stuttgart makes Urbach Tower from self-shaping wood

University of Stuttgart engineers have harnessed the natural shrinking process of wood as it loses moisture to create this world-first self-twisted tower in Germany. The university’s Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) and Institute for Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) built the Urbach Tower in the Rems Valley for the Remstal Garden Show. […]

Samuel Wilkinson brings the Viennese bistro chair into the 21st century

British designer Samuel Wilkinson has paired steam-bent wood with Vienna straw to create a contemporary dining chair called Latis. Aiming to create “a timeless signature chair with a modern aesthetic”, Wilkinson used the two elements that characterised the classic bistro chair of the mid-19th century. The chair has a slender frame made from steam-bent ash […]

Casimir celebrates 30 years as a designer with oak and walnut furniture collection

Belgian designer Casimir is celebrating three decades in the industry with the production of six wooden objects that straddle the line between furniture and art, and another six to follow. The first six pieces include two consoles, a cabinet rack, a mirror, a side table and a low table, all made exclusively from solid oak […]

Invisible Studio and students build Urban Room pavilion as event space and outdoor classroom

University of Reading students have built a pavilion designed by Invisible Studio, which will be used by artists to showcase their work. The timber pavilion will host the architecture school’s end-of-year show and a series of two-day artist residencies, before being relocated to a primary school to be used as an outdoor classroom. Named Urban […]

PearsonLloyd gives flat-pack furniture an upgrade with Cross chair

London studio PearsonLloyd marries the convenience and economy of flat-pack furniture with quality materials in a chair designed for new Copenhagen brand Takt. Cross comes as four disassembled pieces of timber and six screws Named after the cross structure that forms its four legs, the Cross chair has a plywood seat and backrest, with the […]

University of Stuttgart creates biomimetic pavilions based on sea urchins and beetle wings

The University of Stuttgart has continued its experiments into biomimicry and robotic construction with two pavilions at the Bundesgartenschau horticultural show in Germany. Both of the pavilions are built by robots and take the their forms from animals – a sweeping wooden pavilion has a shape based on sea urchins, while a fibre-composite pavilion takes its […]

Mark Zuckerberg designs and builds “sleep box” to help his wife rest

Facebook cofounder Mark Zuckerberg has built a wooden “sleep box” that emits a faint light in the early morning, to alert his wife when it’s time to wake up without looking at her phone. The device is a small wooden box that can be placed on a bedside table. The base of the box is […]

Slender pine slats enclose Evans Tree House in Arkansas by Modus Studio

American firm Modus Studio has used steel and heat-treated pine to build an “alive and mysterious” treehouse in Arkansas. The Evans Tree House is located at Garvan Woodland Gardens, a 210-acre (85-hectare) botanical garden near the town of Hot Springs in central Arkansas. Owned by the University of Arkansas, the nature park occupies a wooded peninsula that is […]

Zai’s Hutong Filter features a pixelated shingle wall overlooking a traditional courtyard

Hutong Filter is a studio added to a house in one of Beijing‘s traditional hutongs by architecture office Zai with pixel-style shingles and timber frames connecting to a communal courtyard. Beijing studio Zai, founded in 2018 by Yihang Zhang, introduced additional functional spaces to a house found within a courtyard typical of the city’s hutong neighbourhoods. It […]

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