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Hello Wood 2014 Invites Student Teams to 'Play With Balance'

Set in the bucolic fields of Csórompuszta in the Hungarian countryside, the annual Hello Wood camp was recently back for its fifth year. Every year, students have one week to create wooden installations under the instruction of specially selected tutors, each of whom provide an outline idea of a project in response to a theme. This time around the challenge from the organizers was to "play with balance," which generated ideas that investigated the balance between opposing concepts - but also generated a whole lot of play, too. See all 14 of the weird and wonderful results after the break.

© Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky

Guest House Rivendell / IDMM Architects

  • Architects: IDMM Architects
  • Location: Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Area: 721.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Joon Hwan Yoon

© Joon Hwan Yoon © Joon Hwan Yoon © Joon Hwan Yoon © Joon Hwan Yoon

Faculty of Education-Nijmegen / LIAG Architects

  • Architects: LIAG Architects
  • Location: Nijmegen, Netherlands
  • Design Team: Thomas Bögl, Erik Schotte, Bastiaan Bijloos, Harmen Landman, Jeroen Kaan, Arie Aalbers
  • Area: 36633.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Ben Vulkers, Hannah Anthonysz

© Ben Vulkers © Ben Vulkers © Ben Vulkers © Ben Vulkers

Petaholic Hotel / sms design

  • Architects: sms design
  • Location: Section 2, Jianguo North Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 104
  • Architect in Charge: SMS Design CO. Ltd + Feng-Chi Peng
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of SMS Design

Courtesy of SMS Design Courtesy of SMS Design Courtesy of SMS Design Courtesy of SMS Design

Trenches, Benches, and Trees on Towers: New Exhibit Delves Into our Relationship with WOOD

In our technology-obsessed age we tend to forget where materials actually come from. But in their first exhibition on materials, WOOD, the Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam not only overviews wood's uses from World War I trenches to daily tools, but also reminds us where wood comes from, tracking wood's manmade and natural "cycles" of destruction and reconstruction. WOOD is curated by Dan Handel, in cooperation with exhibition designers Jannetje in ‘t Veld and Toon Koehorst and is showing until October 8th of this year - learn more at the website here.

A Selection Of Everyday Wooden Materials Around The World. Image Courtesy of Ernst Van Der Hoeven Famous Colour Photographer Hans Hilderbrand's Photo Of The Wooden Trenches During WWI. Image Courtesy of Hans Hildenbrand The Exhibition Is Not Just About Wood, But The Forest As Well. Image Courtesy of Dan Handel James Wines' Vision For A Best Products Showroom. Image Courtesy of James Wines

Why Tall Wooden Buildings are On the Rise: An Interview with Perkins+Will's Wood Expert

Material Minds, presented by ArchDaily Materials, is our new series of short interviews with architects, designers, scientists, and others who use architectural materials in innovative ways. Enjoy!

Wood. The United States is the largest producer of the natural resource in the world. But yet we rarely see it in commercial, high-rise construction. So we asked a wood expert -- Rebecca Holt at Perkins+Will, an analyst for reThink Wood's recent Tall Wood Survey  -- to tell us about its potential benefits. 

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There are lots of reasons to consider wood – first it has a lower environmental impact than other traditional choices like concrete and steel.  Wood is the only major building material that is made the by sun and is completely renewable.

Arthur Andersson on Timeless Materials & Building "Ruins"

Tower House . Image © Art Gray
Tower House . Image © Art Gray

Material Minds, presented by ArchDaily Materials, is our new series of short interviews with architects, designers, scientists, and others who use architectural  in innovative ways. Enjoy!

Arthur Andersson of Andersson-Wise Architects wants to build ruins. He wants things to be timeless - to look good now and 2000 years from now. He wants buildings to fit within a place and time. To do that he has a various set of philosophies, processes and some great influences. Read our full in-depth interview with Mr. Andersson, another revolutionary "Material Mind," after the break. 

Tower House . Image © Art Gray Tower House . Image © Art Gray Tower House . Image © Art Gray Stone Creek Camp. Image © Art Gray

Ten Buildings Pushing The Boundaries of Wood

Perkins + Will UBC Earth Sciences Building. Image © Martin Tessler
Perkins + Will UBC Earth Sciences Building. Image © Martin Tessler

Wood is the ultimate material - it's renewable, sequesters carbon and more importantly, it's buildable. Nevertheless wood is rarely used in tall, vertical construction. Now reThink wood has come out with their Tall Wood Survey (available in full on their website), which surveyed over 50 wood experts to explore three main areas in which wood is usually questioned: financing, insurance and performance. But beyond discussing the pros and cons of wood, the survey also highlights 10 projects that show how wood products are being used in ways you never thought existed. See all ten innovative projects, after the break. 

Video: Tamedia New Office Building / Shigeru Ban Architects

Occupying an existing footprint in the heart of Zurich, Shigeru Ban Architects' Tamedia headquarters is distinct for its stunning timber structure. Beyond the environmental benefits of using wood as the main structural material, the wood's visibility "gives a very special character and high quality spatiality to the working atmosphere," as Ban once described. Take a look in the Spirit of Space video above for a good understanding of what if feels like to be inside the space. 

Brazilian Artist Builds Labyrinth of Wooden Roots

Given a cavernous gallery space at the Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade in São Paulo, artist Henrique Oliveira has created Transarquitetônica, a breathtaking installation from plywood, which fills the room with twisted tree roots large enough for gallery visitors to walk inside.

Read on after the break for more images of the installation, including photos of its construction

The exit from the root maze. Image Courtesy of MAC USP via www.mac.usp.br Screenshot from video Courtesy of MAC USP via www.mac.usp.br Brazilian Artist Builds Labyrinth of Wooden Roots

Roll House / Moon Hoon

  • Architects: Moon Hoon
  • Location: Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea
  • Design Team: Lee Byungyeup, Hwang Jiae, Park Minjoo
  • Area: 99.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Nam Goong Sun

© Nam Goong Sun © Nam Goong Sun © Nam Goong Sun © Nam Goong Sun

Uhee Sushi / House Design

  • Architects: House Design
  • Location: Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
  • Area: 50.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Joy Liu

© Joy Liu © Joy Liu © Joy Liu © Joy Liu

ABC Building / Wise Architecture

  • Architects: Wise Architecture
  • Location: 695-39 Yeoksam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Project Manager: Lee Jeong Hoon
  • Area: 163.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Chin HyoSook

© Chin HyoSook © Chin HyoSook © Chin HyoSook © Chin HyoSook

A+U 524: New Landscapes of Wooden Architecture

From the publisher. May 2014 issue of a+u is focused on wooden architecture from around the world that creates new landscapes.

In addition to nine built works, the issue features two competitions foreseeing the timber-nization of cities and three essays. The essays discuss different aspects of wood technology: adaptive timber structure of ultra-light shell by University of Stuttgart, harmonizing the joints of prefabricated wooden elements by collaboration of Finland's timber industry, university and government, and tall wood building technology in Canada and other countries. When these technologies become practical and realized as architecture, we will witness a completely new landscape.

Win a Free Full Pass to the 2014 AIA National Convention from reThink Wood

Next month, the AIA National Convention is coming to Chicago – bringing together the best and brightest building professionals to network, and learn about growing trends in the architecture industry. If you haven’t booked your ticket already, here is a chance to attend the event free of charge! 

reThink Wood is offering a full pre-paid pass to the AIA National Convention ($945 value) to one lucky ArchDaily reader. The winner will also be able to meet with architects on site that are passionate about innovative design with wood in mid-rise, and even high-rise projects.

To win, just answer the following question in the comments section before May 21 12:00PM EST: What architect(s) are doing the most interesting work with wood today?

More on reThink Wood at the AIA, after the break. 

With my Love / Yoon Space Design

  • Architects: Yoon Space Design
  • Location: 262-3 Sancheok-ri, Jincheon-eup, Jincheon-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge: Yoon Seok-min
  • Design Team: Shin Hwa-young, Lee Yong-hun, Ko Yu-ri
  • Area: 146.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Song Gi-myoun

© Song Gi-myoun © Song Gi-myoun © Song Gi-myoun © Song Gi-myoun

Robert A.M. Stern Awards Master Student with $10,000 Travel Fellowship

The Robert A.M. Stern Architects has awarded McGill University Masters candidate Anna Antropva with the 2014 RAMSA Travel Fellowship, a $10,000 award presented annually to "promote investigations of the perpetuation of tradition through invention" - key to the firm's own work. With the award, Antropva will travel to Japan to further her research into ancient wood joinery techniques and their potential to be transformed and manipulated into modern day construction. “This elegant and efficient mode of construction could meaningfully inform our western building industry," she stated during her presentation to a jury that included Melissa DelVecchio, Dan Lobitz, and Grant F. Marani. 

Wood Encouragement Policy Coming To Australia

Latrobe City Council is pushing an initiative that would put “wood first.” If implemented, the “Wood Encouragement Policy” would educate architects and industry professionals about the structural and environmental benefits of wood in an effort to promote the local timber industry and use of sustainable building materials. Following the lead of the United States and New Zealand, both of which recently established “wood encouragement” policies, the council hopes that this will set a precedent that can be applied throughout the rest of Australia.