Wooden Architecture

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Wooden Architecture

Most of the architecture of contemporary cities is built of steel or concrete. However, steel and concrete have been used as structural building materials for less than 200 years. Previously wood, stone, and earth were used. Even now, wood construction could be said to the primary means for building on a smaller-scale.
Wood has almost limitless merits as it is easy to attain, lightweight yet strong, and highly workable. Moreover, woods character varies according to its variety and origin; wood is an exceptional architectural material that expresses its regional identity. Not only practical, wood qualitatively expresses warmth and repose.
The August issue features wooden architecture, focusing on Scandinavian architecture with examples that vary from sacred space to a lookout tower. These works harmonize with the landscape especially because they are made of wood, and here one can see interiors that glow.
Further, this issue features an essay on the qualities of wood by Pekka Heikkinen, who is in charge of the Wood Program at the Helsinki University of Technology.

Essay: Remarks on Wood Architecture
Pekka Heikkinen

Anssi Lassila / Lassila Hirvilammi Architects
Kärsämäki Church

Matti Sanaksenaho
St Henrys Ecumenical Art Chapel

Kari Jrvinen and Merja Nieminen
Laajasalo Church

Todd Saunders & Tommie Wilhelmsen
Lookout Point Aurland

Ville Hara/HUT Wood Studio
KuplaKorkeasaari Zoo Lookout Tower

Svalbard Science Centre

Architects Bates Maher

McCullough Mulvin Architects
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Wave for Bern Bern West Passenger Bridge

Marte.Marte Architekten ZT GmbH
Music Kiosk

Multi-functional Camp in Passail

Ofis Arhitekti
Villa Bled Under Extension

Rachel Amiot & Vincent Lombard
Health Center, Plancher-Bas

White Arkitekter
Kastrup Sea Bath

Niels Bruun & Henrik Corfitsen
Nordic Watercolour Museum

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