100 Best Wood Architecture Projects in the US

Considered one of the noblest building materials - and also a favorite of many global architects - wood delivers aesthetic, structural, and practical value in the most versatile of ways. Through different techniques, such as crafted or prefabricated wood, wooden construction remains relevant not only in the history but also in the forefront of architecture and design (thanks to new technologies that have expanded its possibilities).

From temporary pavilions to single-family homes and multi-story, large-scale institutions, wood has shown its value at the same level as many other structural materials such as steel, brick, or even concrete. This is especially prominent in the United States, where renowned architects are using new techniques to advance the solutions that this material can provide. Also, new regulations are allowing architects to further explore the diversity and possibilities of building with wood.

With the help of ThinkWood, we’ve gathered 100 examples of the best wood structures in the United States.

Built Nature: When Architecture Challenges Human Scale

Going beyond human scale is not a novelty. For centuries, builders, engineers, and architects have been creating monumental edifices to mark spirituality or political power. Larger than life palaces, governmental buildings, or temples have always attracted people’s admiration and reverence, nourishing the still not fully comprehensible obsession with large scale builds.

Nowadays, some of the largest and most impressive structures relate less to religious or governmental functions and seem to be turning towards more cultural programs. Most importantly though, today’s grandiose works are generally and openly imitative of Nature.

© Tianpei Zeng© Kai WangCourtesy of THAD© Rasmus Hjortshoj+ 20

Stay, Fight, or Flee: Considering Climate Migration

This article was originally published on Common Edge as "Considering Climate Migration".

Over the past week, I’ve seen at least two large mainstream press articles on climate migration, and as more people seem to be tossing around their next move locale—something between North Dakota and anywhere else with the word “north” it. Often, in a simplified, single-issue flattening of the full-range of shifts happening around us.

O Fieiro House / Arturo Franco

© Alfonso Quiroga© Alfonso Quiroga© Alfonso Quiroga© Alfonso Quiroga+ 19

  • Architects: Arturo Franco
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  200
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020

Alejandro Aravena Named as Chair of the Pritzker Architecture Prize Jury

The Pritzker Prize, architecture’s highest honor, has just announced the appointment of Alejandro Aravena as Chair of the Pritzker Architecture Prize Jury as of March 2021, in time for the award’s 43rd year. Moreover, the announcement also designated Manuela Lucá-Dazio, the Executive Director of the Department of Visual Arts and Architecture of La Biennale di Venezia, as an advisor to the Prize and the next Executive Director.

Ribas House / Estúdio MRGB

© Joana França© Joana França© Joana França© Joana França+ 23

  • Architects: Estúdio MRGB
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  750
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Arquivo Contemporâneo, Arte ofício, Chance, Deca, Evviva Bertolini, +6

Powerhouse Telemark / Snøhetta

© Ivar Kvaal
© Ivar Kvaal

© Ivar Kvaal© Ivar Kvaal© Ivar Kvaal© Ivar Kvaal+ 32

  • Architects: Snøhetta
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  7931
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: STENI

Split Bridge / Jane Z Studio

© Yu Bai© Yu Bai© Yu Bai© Yu Bai+ 11

  • Architects: Jane Z Studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  700
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

The Renovation of Ankang Library / UUA (United Units Architects)

Main building. Image © Lian He
Main building. Image © Lian He

Main building. Image © Lian HeNorth building. Image © Lian HeMain building. Image © Lian HeNorth building. Image © Lian He+ 38

Moshref Villa / mrk office

© Deed Studio© Deed Studio© Deed Studio© Deed Studio+ 47

Chalandar, Iran
  • Architects: mrk office
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  420
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Lumion, Fantoni, KWC, Knauf, +4

Adrisa Residence / OfficeAT

© Rungkit Charoenwat© Rungkit Charoenwat© Rungkit Charoenwat© Rungkit Charoenwat+ 68

  • Architects: OfficeAT
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1400
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Bluescope, Hin Saeng Nakorn, Siam Yamato, Trimble Navigation

Reservoir Station / Genton

© Peter Clarke© Peter Clarke© Peter Clarke© Peter Clarke+ 23

  • Architects: Genton
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  8492
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Colorbond, Rimex

Call for Entries: Gain Master's Program Admission and Scholarships with IE Architecture+ Prize

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IE School of Architecture and Design is announcing the 7th edition of their IE Architecture+ Prize for young architects and designers, looking to attract top talent from around the world to take part in one of the school’s master’s programs for the upcoming academic year. For all those who believe that business and design are stronger together, if you graduated between 2010 and 2020 and were ranked in the top 25% of your class, you are eligible to compete for the IE Architecture+ Prize.

Winning entries will be awarded a scholarship towards tuition for the IE Master in Business for Architecture and Design (commencing in April 2021). IE School of Architecture and Design is one of the leading schools in Europe, expanding the boundaries of traditional architectural and design education.  Bringing together knowledge from many fields, including business, technology and management, along with critical thinking and creative approaches, IE School seeks to empower students to prepare themselves for a changing world. IE welcomes students who seek challenges and who aspire to become leaders in the dynamic and evolving world of architecture and design.

1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East Public Member Spaces / Adjaye Associates

© Dror Baldinger© Dror Baldinger© Dror Baldinger© Dror Baldinger+ 32

  • Architects: Adjaye Associates
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  16500 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020

Les Hallates Senior Housing / Agapé

© Sandro di Carlo Darsa© Sandro di Carlo Darsa© Sandro di Carlo Darsa© Sandro di Carlo Darsa+ 26

  • Architects: Agapé
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1740
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Archicad

MF APARTMENT / Firma

© Vivi Spaco© Vivi Spaco© Vivi Spaco© Vivi Spaco+ 56

  • Architects: Firma
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  150
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Air-Conditioning, Carpet, Civil work, Countertops, Fixtures, +8

The Angle Residential Complex / Studio Woodroffe Papa

© Jan Bitter© Jan Bitter© Jan Bitter© Jan Bitter+ 22

  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  9775
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2006
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Schüco

MEET Digital Arts Center / Carlo Ratti Associati

© Michele Nastasi© Michele Nastasi© Michele Nastasi© Michele Nastasi+ 17

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