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This Week in Wood: Check Out 50 Inspirational Architectural Projects

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Wondering what’s new in the world of wooden architecture? ArchDaily just released its latest gallery of 50 Impressive Details Using Wood, and there’s a lot of inspiration to be found, from experimental pavilions and ultramodern silhouettes to Chilean beach houses made of pine. Here are some standout designs – see the rest over at ArchDaily.

Rambla House by LAND Arquitectos

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“The house is constructed on concrete beams providing ventilation of the structure to prevent that humidity is transmitted into the interior spaces, a common problem in this coastal area. Over the beams timber volumes where built using pine columns in V shape for structuring. All woods were treated with a white colored product for protection from marine influence and increasing brightness and contrast with the surrounding landscape.”

Endesa Pavilion by the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia

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Made of pine plywood, this Barcelona research center is a self-sufficient solar prototype installed at the Marina Dock.

“A facade composed by modular components, like solar brick, that respond to photovoltaic gaining, solar protection, insulation, ventilation, lighting … The same parametric logic adapt façade geometries to the specific environmental requirements for each point of the building. It is is a single component that integrates all levels of intelligence that the building needs.. The facade opens reacting to the solar path, being active and becoming permeable towards south, while becoming closed and protective towards north. The behavior of this skin makes visible the environmental and climatic processes that surrounds the prototype.”

Tasting Room at Sokol Blosser Winery by Allied Works Architecture

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“The winery sits on a knoll with panoramic views of the Willamette Valley below. This prospect is enhanced by the geometric rows of vines that follow the contours of the earth giving rhythm and measure to the landscape. The design began by marking the land, cutting a series of gardens, terraces and paths into the face of the hill. On an upper terrace the building lifts from the earth, carrying a green roof with it. The new nearly 6,000 sf tasting room emerges as a solid mass of wood sliced open and carved out in response to natural light, serene views and the rituals of wine tasting. It is a ‘transparent solid,’ a building that catches and holds space as it passes through. The building shifts and bends perception as it foreshortens vistas and distorts depth, all in service of intensifying the specificity of the visitor’s experience.”

Habitat 6: Modular Housing for One Person by IGEO

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“This model gathers all the experiences previously built by the institute and translates them into an example of modular housing for one person, that in practice explores the possibilities and versatility of the MODULAR WOOD CONSTRUCTION SYSTEM devised by IGEO, developed on the basis of a triangular wooden brick that meets different construction, structural and insulation requirements. We believe that these small buildings that we call ‘habitats,’ symbiotic to the city and to the still latent nature, will create a mixed landscape, where this duality is diluted, as a benefit to the inhabitants of both origins.”

Writer’s Shed by WSD Architecture

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“The design sought to satisfy the client’s need for a functional workspace, but moreover to create a building that reflected his passion for children’s literature and mythologies. Drawing on the historically intimate relationship between writers and their shed’s, the space was conceived as a haven in the city; a fairy-tale hut at the bottom of the garden where the client could retreat and immerse himself in his work.”

“The material palette is modest and unassuming, whilst also being resilient and sensitive to ageing; complementing the role of the shed as a place of changing ideas and production. Oiled OSB and painted pine tongue & groove were used for the floors, walls and shelving, while utilitarian garden taps and brass splash-backs surround the reclaimed Belfast sink.”


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