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Video: Koyasan Guest House / Alphaville Architects

Kyoto-based architects Kentaro Takeguchi and Asako Yamamoto of Alphaville Architects have completed a small guest house for tourists visiting the sacred Koyasan (Mt. Koya) in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan. The 96 m2 (1,033 ft2) building contains bedrooms, capsule-style dormitory rooms, a bar, and lounge. Between the bar, hallway, and lounge, 2 x 4 and 2 x 6 timber frames are exposed inside at varying intervals to act as partitions 

Hello Wood 2013: Step Closer!

Back for its fourth year, the creative camp Hello Wood was held last month in Hungary, set in the countryside north of Lake Balaton. At Hello Wood, 120 young designers and architects worked with leading experts to create installations which approach issues of society and community in architecture, ideas encompassed by this year's motto "Step Closer!" Twelve teams had one week to create these installations using timber as their primary material, with the projects being judged and a winner awarded at the end of the week.

Read on to find out about the installations, and which one was judged the winner, after the break

POLIPHONY. Image © Kékesi Donát e-motion TRACK. Image © Kékesi Donát Panorama Peep Hole. Image © Kékesi Donát BigO. Image © Kékesi Donát

Update: Aspen Art Museum / Shigeru Ban Architects

© Shigeru Ban Architects
© Shigeru Ban Architects

With ever-expanding traveling exhibitions attracting over 35,000 yearly visitors from around the globe, the Aspen Art Museum (AAM) has outgrown their cozy 9,000 square foot facility in which they have called home since their established in 1979. Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has been commissioned to design the new museum, being the first museum he has constructed in the U.S. The project is set for completion in August 2014. Continue reading for more information.

TED: Why We Should Build Wooden Skyscrapers / Michael Green

Building a skyscraper? Forget about steel and concrete, architect Michael Green says build it out of wood. As he details in this intriguing talk, it's not only possible to build safe wooden structures up to 30 stories tall (and, he hopes, higher), it's necessary.

Woodskin: The Flexible Timber Skin

Courtesy of MammaFotogramma
Courtesy of MammaFotogramma

Have you ever wanted to create delicate, complex shapes from plywood, but can't because it's too stiff and unforgiving? Well all that might soon change, thanks to Milan-based design studio MammaFotogramma. They have created a type of flexible, 'Woodskin' triangular tiles of russian plywood.

Read more about Woodskin after the break...

Billon / Vincent Kohler

Created by Swiss sculpter Vincent Kohler, this stunning installation beautifully deconstructs the log. Titled “Billon”, 110 x 100 x 300 cm piece is made of wood, polystyrène, and résine. 

Condomínio Quinta Vale Verde / Humberto Conde

  • Architects: Humberto Conde
  • Location: Estoril, Portugal
  • Collaborators: Paulo Figueiredo , Helena Ramos , Leopoldo Calhau , Filipe Ramalho
  • Area: 2000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2002
  • Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Kita Göttingen / Despang Architekten

© Jochen Stüber
© Jochen Stüber

Architects: Despang Architekten Location: Göttingen, Germany Architects In Charge: Günther Despang/Martin Despang Project Architects: Philip Hogrebe/Jörg Steveker Area: 512 sqm Year: 2010 Photographs: Jochen Stüber, Olaf Baumann

© Jochen Stüber © Olaf Baumann © Jochen Stüber © Olaf Baumann

Brooks + Scarpa design Interfaith Chapel in Florida

© Courtesy of Brooks + Scarpa Architects
© Courtesy of Brooks + Scarpa Architects

The highly acclaimed Los Angeles-based practice Brooks + Scarpa Architects, along with KZF Design, have released plans for a new Interfaith Chapel at the University of North Florida. Drawing inspiration from a free-flowing wedding gown, its informally shaped footprint - reminiscent of an allegorical figure such as Justice, Faith, Hope, Charity, Prudence and Fortitude - flows upward and culminates at the top with a large skylight whose light is diffused by a wooden lattice spire that is derived from the symbol of infinity. 

The symbolic, 7000 square-foot structure will provide students with an intimate, spiritual space that may be used daily while also supporting a variety of diverse religious services, such as student ceremonies, weddings, lectures, meditative practices, musical performances and more.

Learn more about Brooks + Scarpa’s wooden chapel after the break.

Jack Nicklaus Golf Club / Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign

© Wan Soon Park
© Wan Soon Park
  • Architects: Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign
  • Location: Songdo-dong, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon, South Korea
  • Design Architect: Heerim Architects and Planners
  • Executive Architect: ARUP
  • Engineering: EDSA
  • Client: The Gale Company
  • Photographs: Wan Soon Park

© Wan Soon Park © Wan Soon Park © Wan Soon Park © Wan Soon Park

AD Round Up: Wood Architecture Part II

Iwan Baan
Iwan Baan

Four House / Hernández Silva Arquitectos

© Carlos Díaz Corona
© Carlos Díaz Corona

Architects: Hernández Silva Arquitectos Location: Zapopan, México Architect In Charge: Jorge Luis Hernández Silva Design Team: Alejandro Aponte Gómez, Andrea Assad Álvarez Project Year: 2012 Project Area: 584 sqm Photographs: Carlos Díaz Corona

© Carlos Díaz Corona
© Carlos Díaz Corona
© Carlos Díaz Corona
© Carlos Díaz Corona
© Carlos Díaz Corona
© Carlos Díaz Corona
© Carlos Díaz Corona
© Carlos Díaz Corona

NR2 House / Roberto Burneo Arquitectos

© Sebastián Crespo Camacho
© Sebastián Crespo Camacho

Architects: Roberto Burneo Arquitectos Location: Balcon de Valle, Quito Canton, Ecuador Project Year: 2012 Project Area: 904 sqm Photographs: Sebastián Crespo Camacho

© Sebastián Crespo Camacho
© Sebastián Crespo Camacho
© Sebastián Crespo Camacho
© Sebastián Crespo Camacho
© Sebastián Crespo Camacho
© Sebastián Crespo Camacho
© Sebastián Crespo Camacho
© Sebastián Crespo Camacho

Residence BJ41 / R79

© David Cervera Castro
© David Cervera Castro

Architects: R79 Location: Mérida, Yucatán, México Architect In Charge: Roberto Ramírez Pizarro Project Year: 2012 Photographs: David Cervera Castro

© David Cervera Castro
© David Cervera Castro
© David Cervera Castro
© David Cervera Castro
© David Cervera Castro
© David Cervera Castro
© David Cervera Castro
© David Cervera Castro

Aviary, Bioparque Temaikén / Hampton+Rivoira+Arquitectos

© Fundación Temaikén
© Fundación Temaikén

Architects: Hampton+Rivoira+Arquitectos Location: Escobar, Provincia of Buenos Aires, Argentina Architects In Charge: Jorge Hampton, Emilio Rivoira Associated Architect: Cristian Carnicer Design Team: Roberto Lombardi, María Eugenia García Castera, María Eugenia Viña Raznovich, Juan Reartes, Ignacio Ruiz Orrico, Diego Tablada, Emilia Alvarado, Anahi Fedrizzi Project Year: 2009 Photographs: Jorge Hampton, Emilio Rivoira, Fernando Mayán, Fundación Temaikén

© Jorge Hampton
© Jorge Hampton
© Jorge Hampton
© Jorge Hampton
© Emilio Rivoira
© Emilio Rivoira
© Jorge Hampton
© Jorge Hampton

Laguna Verde House II / Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos

Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos
Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos

Architects: Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos Location: Laguna Verde, V Region, Chile Project Year: 2009 Photographs: Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos

Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos
Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos
Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos
Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos
Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos
Courtesy of Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos

Laguna Verde House I / Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos + Carlos Bisbal

© Francisca Domínguez
© Francisca Domínguez

Architects: Altamirano Armanet Arquitectos, Carlos Bisbal Location: Valparaiso, Chile Project Year: 2008 Photographs: Francisca Domínguez

© Francisca Domínguez
© Francisca Domínguez
© Francisca Domínguez
© Francisca Domínguez
© Francisca Domínguez
© Francisca Domínguez
© Francisca Domínguez
© Francisca Domínguez

Casuarinas House / Metropolis

© Juan Solano
© Juan Solano

Architects: Metropolis Location: Lima, Peru Architect in Charge: José Orrego Project Area: 569 sqm Photographs: Juan Solano

© Juan Solano
© Juan Solano
© Juan Solano
© Juan Solano
© Juan Solano
© Juan Solano
© Juan Solano
© Juan Solano