Join Dezeen’s Twitter debate on concrete vs timber with #dezeenchat

Should architects ditch concrete for timber to save the planet? Dezeen’s India Block and Lizzie Crook will be taking to Twitter on Wednesday 20 November at 4pm UK time to discuss whether timber is a better alternative to concrete. Join in using the hashtag #dezeenchat. How it works Log into Twitter at 4pm on Wednesday 20 […]

Cowshed in the Netherlands rebuilt as a timber-clad family home

Julius Taminiau Architects has rebuilt an old cowshed to create a house clad in thin timber slats that conceal double-layered openings. Located on the site of a former farm in the Netherlands, the austere aesthetic of the agricultural structures on the site made the studio feel as if they were “stepping into Vincent van Gough’s […]

Biobasecamp pavilion aims to demonstrate the potential of timber in architecture

A timber pavilion called Biobasecamp at Dutch Design Week brought together projects that demonstrate the potential of the “concrete of the future” to fight against climate change. Studio Marco Vermeulen built the wooden pavilion as a covered exhibition-space for a series of displays highlighting how timber can be used in bio-based architecture projects. Called Biobasecamp, the […]

Switching to timber could solve Dutch housing shortage and be “a chance for our climate”

The Netherlands could build a million new homes from sustainably harvested local wood and save 100 megatons of carbon in the process, according to architect Marco Vermeulen. The Dutch architect has calculated that the country’s 140,000 hectares of harvestable woodlands could provide enough timber for 22,000 houses each year. This means the country’s entire shortfall […]

Atelier NL creates benches from storm-felled trees for Dutch Design Week

Atelier NL has made a series of wooden benches from trees uprooted in a huge storm that hit Eindhoven earlier this year, to sit alongside objects made from wood at their studio. The Stormwood benches are made from timber slats cut from some of the nearly 1,000 trees felled during the storm that wrecked havoc […]

Kengo Kuma’s stacked-timber Odunpazari Modern Museum opens in Turkey

The Odunpazari Modern Museum, designed by Kengo Kuma and Associates, has opened its doors in Eskisehir, northwest Turkey. Built to house the modern art collection of architect and chairperson of Turkish contractor Polimeks, Erol Tabanca, the museum in the Odunpazari district of Eskisehir is formed of a cluster of boxes made from stacked, interlocking timber beams. […]

LUO Studio designs recyclable shed to house Chinese marketplace

Chinese practice LUO Studio has designed a glass and metal shed-like structure to provide a temporary home for the Shengli Market in Puyang City, China, while its original site is redeveloped. LUO Studio designed the market from simple, low-cost and lightweight materials that could be recycled once the market moves out. The practice drew on designs […]

Christoffersen Welling Architects reinterprets Danish barn as cedar-clad home

Christoffersen Welling Architects has designed a house in the Danish countryside for a family and their pet falcons. Conceived as a simple reinterpretation of traditional Danish barns, the home consists of three individual cedar-clad structures – the home itself, a barn for the falcons and a building containing a workshop space. Set within a green, wooded […]

Naidi Community Hall by Caukin Studio serves as a social hub for Fijians

Architecture collective Caukin Studio has completed a wooden cultural hall for a small village in Fiji, replacing the previous structure that was destroyed by cyclones. The building provides local residents with a venue for weddings, funerals, celebrations, traditional Fijian dance performances and other gatherings. Called Naidi Community Hall, the structure serves the 400 residents of […]

Entwined timber columns define structure of The House of Three Trees

A canopy of tree-like timber columns crowns the double-height living space at the centre of this polycarbonate-clad house, which JK-AR has completed in South Korea. Named The House of Three Trees, the residence centres around the ornate wooden structure that JK-AR has created by merging the traditional wooden joinery technique Gong-po, otherwise known as Dougong, […]

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 […]

The Way We Build creates chapel-like retreat in Dutch forest

Amsterdam architecture studio The Way We Build has built a mobile cabin with a timber domed interior at a campsite within the Robbenoordbos forest in the north of the Netherlands. The 15-square-metre cabin has been designed as a “meditational nature retreat” at the Het bos roept – which translates as The forest is calling – campsite […]

Anthony Burrill’s graphics top delicate timber rooftop pavilion in Barcelona

Graphic designer Anthony Burrill and architect Eugeni Bach worked with students in Barcelona to build 3KMS, a rooftop pavilion decorated with MDF panels. Forty students from the Elisava Barcelona School of Design and Engineering worked on the pavilion, which stands on the roof of the school. Burrill and Bach are both tutors at the school, and […]

TRIAS Architects raises timber Three Piece House on a red brick base

A trio of timber-clad bungalows by TRIAS Architects form Three Piece House in Stockton, Australia, which is raised on a reclaimed brick base to protect it from the sea. Sydney-based TRIAS Architects designed Three Piece House for a family in New South Wales as a simple, single-storey dwelling close to the coast, where there are […]

Kappland Arkitekter perches Cabin Stokkøya on rugged landscape of Norwegian island

A wooden hillside cabin on the island of Stokkøya, Norway, by Kappland Arkitekter is spread over multiple levels expansive views out to the surrounding countryside. Cabin Stokkøya was designed to focus on two contrasting landscapes – out towards the sea to the west, and back at the dramatic green scenery to the east. Designed by […]

Wilkinson Eyre completes modular student housing for Dyson Institute

Wilkinson Eyre has created “unique student residencies with identity” from prefabricated timber pods at the Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology in Wiltshire, England. Located at the Malmesbury Campus, the modular village provides accommodation for undergraduate students and visiting staff at the institute, which was founded by James Dyson. Wilkinson Eyre  designed the pods, which are arranged […]

Shutters are concealed in the walls of Austrian farmhouse extension by Firm Architekten

Firm Architekten has extended a gabled farmhouse in Bezau, Austria, with a matching structure clad in timber louvres that double as shutters. Raised on a small white-plastered podium, House Wünster faces out towards dramatic views of mountains. The House Wünster extension sits alongside the original shingle-walled farmhouse building, united by a pitched roof that extends […]

Perkins+Will designs “world’s tallest hybrid wood tower” for Vancouver

Laminated wood and concrete will form the hybrid structural system of the high-rise Canada’s Earth Tower that global firm Perkins+Will has unveiled for British Columbia. The project, called Canada’s Earth Tower, is planned for a 1.3-acre (0.5-hectare) property along Eighth Avenue near Vancouver‘s Burrard Slopes neighbourhood. The site is currently occupied by a nondescript, four-storey building […]

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