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Kengo Kuma's Stacked Timber Museum in Turkey Opens in June

09:00 - 19 March, 2019
Kengo Kuma's Stacked Timber Museum in Turkey Opens in June, © Kengo Kuma and Associates
© Kengo Kuma and Associates

The Odunpazari Modern Museum (OMM) by Kengo Kuma and Associates will open in June 2019, situated in Eskişehir, a university town in the northwest of Turkey. The OMM will feature an internationally significant collection of modern and contemporary art, showcased within a scheme designed by the architect behind the recently-completed V&A Dundee.

The 4,500-square-meter scheme is defined by a distinctive stacked timber design, drawing inspiration from Odunpazari’s traditional Ottoman wooden cantilevered houses that are synonymous with the district, and pays homage to the town’s history as a thriving wood market. Along with several other city museums in the surrounding area, OMM will create a museum square and public meeting place in the town.

© Kengo Kuma and Associates © Kengo Kuma and Associates © Kengo Kuma and Associates © Kengo Kuma and Associates + 7

CTBUH Names Norway's Mjøstårnet the Tallest Timber Building in the World

04:05 - 15 March, 2019
CTBUH Names Norway's Mjøstårnet the Tallest Timber Building in the World, Courtesy of CTBUH
Courtesy of CTBUH

The Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has announced that Norway's Mjøstårnet tower is, at 85.4 meters, officially the world's tallest timber building. Beyond the unique distinction, the tower is also Norway's tallest mixed-use structure and third tallest building.

Mad Lab's Wooden Vessels Capture Architectural Notions of Utopia

11:00 - 4 March, 2019
Mad Lab's Wooden Vessels Capture Architectural Notions of Utopia, © Angel Segura
© Angel Segura

Antonio Serrano and Madrid-based Mad Lab have designed a collection of everyday objects inspired by Renaissance concepts of “Utopia.” The set of trays, boxes, and centerpieces are made from inlay maple and cedar wood, each telling “stories of entrepreneurship, design, craft, and technology.”

The collection, which manifests as a form of “scaled-down city,” considers Utopia as an imagined reflection on reality, rather than a yearning for an ideal city. The objects are full of “nods, winks, and gestures that leave us trapped in an illusion of a dream” conveyed through Renaissance architectural elements such as arches and spires.

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C.F. Møller Architects Completes Sweden's Tallest Timber Building

09:00 - 1 March, 2019
C.F. Møller Architects Completes Sweden's Tallest Timber Building, © Nikolaj Jakobsen
© Nikolaj Jakobsen

C.F. Møller Architects have completed Sweden’s tallest timber building, which is now accepting its first tenants. Situated in Västerås, one hour from Stockholm, the building is constructed from solid timber in order to radically reduce CO2 emissions, positively affect the indoor climate, and enhance the interior quality of life.

The 8.5-story-high tower features an elevated ground floor and double-height top floor, with all walls, beams, balconies, lifts, and stairwells made from cross-laminated timber. The use of CNC-milled solid timber and glulam allows for an airtight, energy-efficient structure without the need for additional cladding.

© Nikolaj Jakobsen © Nikolaj Jakobsen © Nikolaj Jakobsen © C.F. Møller Architects + 5

Precht Designs Timber Skyscrapers with Modular Homes and Vertical Farming

13:00 - 25 February, 2019
Precht Designs Timber Skyscrapers with Modular Homes and Vertical Farming, The Farmhouse Concept. Image Courtesy of Precht
The Farmhouse Concept. Image Courtesy of Precht

Precht has designed a timber skyscraper concept that combines modular housing with vertical farming. The concept was created by Penda co-founder Chris Precht and his wife Fei to reconnect people in cities with agriculture. In their proposal, the modular housing units would be built so that residents can produce their own food. Dubbed the Farmhouse, the concept aims to create more sustainable ways of living as city dwellers are increasingly losing touch with food production.

The Farmhouse Concept. Image Courtesy of Precht The Farmhouse Concept. Image Courtesy of Precht The Farmhouse Concept. Image Courtesy of Precht The Farmhouse Concept. Image Courtesy of Precht + 16

Snøhetta and Heatherwick Design a Timber City for Sidewalk Labs

13:00 - 19 February, 2019
Snøhetta and Heatherwick Design a Timber City for Sidewalk Labs , Quayside. Image Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio
Quayside. Image Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio

Sidewalk Labs has released new renderings from Snøhetta and Heatherwick Studio of the Quayside neighborhood development in Toronto. After announcing plans to create a model smart city, Sidewalk Labs has been working to pioneer a new approach to future urban developments. Plans for Quayside were first revealed last summer, designed to be interconnected smart neighborhood for the city. The latest renderings were released with further documents outlining how the company plans to pay for the ground-up development.

Quayside. Image Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio Quayside. Image Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio Quayside. Image Courtesy of Snøhetta Quayside. Image Courtesy of Snøhetta + 7

Construction Begins on Powerhouse Company's ING Pavilion in Amsterdam

11:00 - 22 January, 2019
Construction Begins on Powerhouse Company's ING Pavilion in Amsterdam, Courtesy of Powerhouse Company
Courtesy of Powerhouse Company

Construction has begun on the Powerhouse Company-designed pavilion for the ING campus in Amsterdam. Located in the up-and-coming district of Amsterdam Southeast, the 900-square-meter pavilion seeks to “make a bold statement while integrating with its surroundings."

The clean, minimalist pavilion will sit at the heart of the ING campus, serving as both a dining area and a multifunctional space for the community. Emphasizing the natural landscape, the pavilion offers a synergy between the built and natural environment through a friendly circular form, a timber interior, and green Tichelaar tiles on the north and east facades.

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Columbia University Creates 3D-Printed Timber Lookalike with Internal Grain Pattern

11:00 - 7 January, 2019
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via Columbia University

Researchers at New York’s Columbia University have unveiled a method of vibrantly replicating the external and internal structure of materials such as wood using a 3D printer and specialist scanning techniques. While conveying the external profile and patterns of natural objects is tried and tested, a major challenge in the 3D printing industry has been replicating an object’s internal texture.

In their recent study “Digital Wood: 3D Internal Color Texture Mapping” the research team describes how a system of “color and voxel mapping “led to the production of a 3D printed closely resembling the texture of olive wood, including a cut-through section.

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Tham & Videgård Reinvent Swedish Timber Row Houses

13:00 - 26 December, 2018
Tham & Videgård Reinvent Swedish Timber Row Houses, Vertical Village II. Image Courtesy of Tham & Videgård Arkitekter
Vertical Village II. Image Courtesy of Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

Swedish practice Tham & Videgård Arkitekter designed a series of colored timber homes for Gothenburg, Sweden. Part of a larger site development along Landvetter Lake, the project was imagined as a "vertical village" that rethinks the row house typology. A series of compact, three-level homes include private gardens around tall hedges and rounded plots. The solid timber design reimagines the firm's original proposal for a site in Stockholm.

Vertical Village II. Image Courtesy of Tham & Videgård Arkitekter Vertical Village II. Image Courtesy of Tham & Videgård Arkitekter Vertical Village II. Image Courtesy of Tham & Videgård Arkitekter Vertical Village II. Image Courtesy of Tham & Videgård Arkitekter + 9

4 Projects That Show Mass Timber is the Future of American Cities

09:30 - 24 November, 2018
4 Projects That Show Mass Timber is the Future of American Cities, Courtesy of DLR Group
Courtesy of DLR Group

As architects face up to the need for ethical, sustainable design in the age of climate change awareness, timber architecture is making a comeback in a new, technologically impressive way. Largely overlooked in the age of Modernism, recent years have seen a plethora of advancements related to mass timber across the world. This year alone, Japan announced plans for a supertall wooden skyscraper in Tokyo by 2041, while the European continent has seen plans for the world’s largest timber building in the Netherlands, and the world’s tallest timber tower in Norway.

The potential for mass timber to become the dominant material of future sustainable cities has also gained traction in the United States throughout 2018. Evolving codes and the increasing availability of mass timber is inspiring firms, universities, and state legislators to research and invest in ambitious projects across the country.

The Tallest Timber Tower in Australia Opens in Brisbane

09:00 - 23 November, 2018
The Tallest Timber Tower in Australia Opens in Brisbane, © Tom Roe
© Tom Roe

Australia’s largest engineered timber commercial building has opened in Brisbane, designed by Bates Smart. At 10 stories, and 45 meters in height, the “25 King” open plan office complex is the tallest timber structure in Australia, and “establishes new frontiers in the design of commercial buildings.

The scheme’s aesthetic is centered on the goal of “bringing a clear expression of its exposed timber structure to the building’s transparent envelope and promoting a warmer, more natural workplace environment of the future.”

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OOPEAA + Lundén Architecture Company Design Charred Timber Housing District in Helsinki

12:00 - 20 September, 2018
OOPEAA + Lundén Architecture Company Design Charred Timber Housing District in Helsinki, Courtesy of OOPEAA
Courtesy of OOPEAA

OOPEAA, working in collaboration with Lundén Architecture Company, has won a design and build competition for a timber housing development in Kivistö, Vantaa in the Helsinki metropolitan area of Finland. Organized by the City of Vantaa, the competition asked entrants to design a district of wooden housing, part of a commitment “to provide climate-conscious development in housing.”

Titled “Upstairs – Downstairs, Living Together on Three Levels,” the OOPEAA and Lundén scheme will form part of the broader sustainable district, creating a link between natural forest, active streets, and railway infrastructure.

Students Construct 7 Innovative Tiny Cabins at Hello Wood's 2018 Cabin Fever Retreat

14:30 - 21 August, 2018
Students Construct 7 Innovative Tiny Cabins at Hello Wood's 2018 Cabin Fever Retreat, Project Hello Wool. Image © Tamas Bujnovszky
Project Hello Wool. Image © Tamas Bujnovszky

The ninth Hello Wood International Summer University and Festival has taken place at Hello Wood’s campus in the Hungarian countryside. As part of the week-long Cabin Fever program, students from 65 universities around the world were given the opportunity to build seven contemporary timber cabins in a nomadic, lush countryside, mentored by international architects.

As a result of the week-long effort, the rural area was transformed into a cutting-edge working village featuring cabins on wheels, cabins on stilts, and multi-story homes. The festival is dedicated to the Tiny House Movement, which “makes cabins which give urban dwellers the chance to get away from it all for a while.”

Ingenhoven Architects and Architectus Win Competition to Design Sydney's Tallest Residential Skyscraper

06:00 - 1 August, 2018
Ingenhoven Architects and Architectus Win Competition to Design Sydney's Tallest Residential Skyscraper , Courtesy of Doug and Wolf
Courtesy of Doug and Wolf

A beautifully delicate design by ingenhoven architects, in cooperation with architectus, has bested series of internationally acclaimed architects to design Sydney’s tallest residential tower at 505-523 George Street. The 79-storey skyscraper will reach 270m, and include several uses, ranging from high-quality living and retail to hotel and leisure. The designers hope the tower will be “a profoundly visible landmark standing for an economical, environmental and socially sustainable, future-oriented development”.

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HofmanDujardin Reimagine How We Say Goodbye to Loved Ones with New Funeral Center

12:00 - 19 July, 2018
HofmanDujardin Reimagine How We Say Goodbye to Loved Ones with New Funeral Center , Courtesy of VERO Visual
Courtesy of VERO Visual

Few subjects evoke as much sensitivity and refection, both within architecture and beyond, as those of death and mortality. Frank Lloyd Wright’s timeless reflection that “youth is a quality, and once you have it, you never lose it, and when they put you in the box, that is your immortality” offers one insight into how architects place not just their buildings, but also their lives and careers in perspective.

Furthering this engagement between architecture and mortality is HofmanDujardin, a Dutch studio which has sought to “rethink the way we say goodbye” with the design of a new Funeral Centre. Placing the coffin at its epicenter, the scheme translates the memorial sequence into three moments: the gathering of friends and family, the ceremony of remembrance, and the moment of social encounter.

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New Details Released of Estudio Carme Pinós' 2018 MPavilion in Melbourne

12:00 - 2 July, 2018
New Details Released of Estudio Carme Pinós' 2018 MPavilion in Melbourne, Courtesy of Estudio Carme Pinós
Courtesy of Estudio Carme Pinós

The Naomi Milgrom Foundation has released images of the MPavilion 2018, designed by Barcelona-based architect Carme Pinós of Estudio Carme Pinós, and situated in Melbourne, Australia. The fifth MPavilion in an ongoing series, the Estudio Carme Pinós design seeks to invite interaction at an intersection between people, design, nature, and the city.

The first Spanish architect to design an MPavilion, Carme Pinós follows on from past MPavilion designers such as OMA in 2017, Studio Mumbai in 2016, and AL_A in 2015.

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This Concept Uses a Pre-Fabricated Timber System to Enable Modern, Self-Built Homes

10:30 - 21 June, 2018
This Concept Uses a Pre-Fabricated Timber System to Enable Modern, Self-Built Homes, Courtesy of Space Popular
Courtesy of Space Popular

Solutions from the past can often provide practical answers for the problems of the future; as the London-based design and research firm, Space Popular demonstrate with their "Timber Hearth" concept. It is a building system that uses prefabrication to help DIY home-builders construct their own dwellings without needing to rely on professional or specialized labor. Presented as part of the ongoing 2018 Venice Biennale exhibition “Plots Prints Projections,” the concept takes inspiration from the ancient "hearth" tradition to explain how a system designed around a factory-built core can create new opportunities for the future of home construction.

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A Floating Timber Bridge Could Connect Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Long Island City

14:00 - 9 June, 2018
A Floating Timber Bridge Could Connect Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Long Island City , Courtesy of CRÈME Architecture and Design
Courtesy of CRÈME Architecture and Design

If you stand in Manhattan Avenue Park in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood, you’ll see the Long Island City skyline across a small creek. On the Greenpoint side of the creek, a historic neighborhood of row houses and industrial sites is rapidly growing. On the Long Island City side, high-rise apartments and hundreds of art galleries and studios line the East River. Just a stone’s throw away, Long Island City can feel like a world apart from Greenpoint. That’s in large part due to the fact that only one bridge connects the neighborhoods—and it’s meant more for cars than pedestrians or cyclists. Isn’t there a better way? Architect Jun Aizaki thinks so. For the past few years, he and his team at CRÈME Architecture and Design have been working on the so-called “Timber Bridge at Longpoint Corridor."

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