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Japan Plans for Supertall Wooden Skyscraper in Tokyo by 2041

16:30 - 15 February, 2018
Japan Plans for Supertall Wooden Skyscraper in Tokyo by 2041, © Sumitomo Forestry Co.
© Sumitomo Forestry Co.

Timber tower construction is the current obsession of architects, with new projects claiming to be the world’s next tallest popping up all over the globe. But this latest proposal from Japanese company Sumitomo Forestry Co. and architects Nikken Sekkei would blow everything else out of the water, as they have announced plans for the world’s first supertall wood structured skyscraper in Tokyo.

At 1,148 feet tall, the proposal outpaces similar timber-structured highrise proposals including Perkins + Will’s River Beech Tower and PLP Architecture’s Oakwood Tower.

© Sumitomo Forestry Co. © Sumitomo Forestry Co. © Sumitomo Forestry Co. © Sumitomo Forestry Co. + 8

World's Tallest Timber Tower to Be Built in Norway—Thanks to New Rules on What Defines a "Timber Building"

06:00 - 15 February, 2018
Courtesy of Moelven Limtre
Courtesy of Moelven Limtre

Over the last few months, we have seen a surge in large timber structures being constructed across the globe claiming to be the biggest, the tallest, or the first of their kind—for example, plans for the Dutch Mountains, the world’s largest wooden building, have recently been revealed. Contractors Moelven Limtre are one of the key drivers of this change as the perception of timber as a load-bearing material becomes more common. Their director Rune Abrahamsen is responsible for one of the current claimants of the world record for the tallest timber building, “Treet” in Bergen, at 51 meters tall. However, the contractor’s latest project Mjøstårnet is set to reach an even taller height of 81 meters.

Courtesy of Moelven Limtre Courtesy of Moelven Limtre Courtesy of Moelven Limtre Courtesy of Moelven Limtre + 11

Ateliereen Architecten Creates Playful, Permeable Structure Using Metal and Wood

15:00 - 10 February, 2018
Ateliereen Architecten Creates Playful, Permeable Structure Using Metal and Wood, © Ateliereen Architecten (Eindhoven)
© Ateliereen Architecten (Eindhoven)

Ateliereen Architecten has proposed a metal and wood configuration for an observation tower in Peize, Netherlands. Their plan is to construct a resistant, permeable and playful structure.

The project is designed so that people climbing up the tower will have unique viewpoints. This tower is also easily assembled from screws and bolts. 

© Ateliereen Architecten (Eindhoven) © Ateliereen Architecten (Eindhoven) © Ateliereen Architecten (Eindhoven) © Ateliereen Architecten (Eindhoven) + 26

Architects Create Affordable "Exoskeleton" Pavilion With Modular Woods, Tie Straps and Sliding Joints

08:00 - 10 February, 2018
Architects Create Affordable "Exoskeleton" Pavilion With Modular Woods, Tie Straps and Sliding Joints, Courtesy of Jeroen Christiaen & Saskia De Mol
Courtesy of Jeroen Christiaen & Saskia De Mol

"Exoskeleton" is a pavilion that shows how Computer Aided Manufacturing can create rapid prototypes. This manufacturing process allows for real-scale construction and experimentation with limited resources. 

In this project, a system of modules, designed with different dimensions, is put together with simple joints without nails or screws. This allows for different surfaces to be formed and for the pieces to be rotated and assembled at various angles and heights.

Courtesy of Jeroen Christiaen & Saskia De Mol Courtesy of Jeroen Christiaen & Saskia De Mol Courtesy of Jeroen Christiaen & Saskia De Mol Courtesy of Jeroen Christiaen & Saskia De Mol + 46

Boarding House for an Agricultural School / Technical University of Berlin / CODE Chair Construction + Design - Ralf Pasel

15:00 - 8 February, 2018
Boarding House for an Agricultural School / Technical University of Berlin / CODE Chair Construction + Design - Ralf Pasel, © CODE + Johannes Belz
© CODE + Johannes Belz

© CODE + Johannes Belz © CODE + Johannes Belz © CODE + Johannes Belz © CODE + Johannes Belz + 50

2017 Wood Design & Building Award Winners Announced

16:00 - 27 January, 2018

Jurors looked for submissions which were not only aesthetic but also pushed the perceived limitations of wood construction.

Innovative 'Wooden Bricks' System Cuts Building Time to Just a Few Days

08:00 - 26 January, 2018

Brikawood is an intuitive and logical construction system of wooden bricks that allows the rapid construction of an entire house without the use of nails, screws or adhesives.

Each unit is totally recyclable and consists of four pieces of wood –two lateral elements and two transversal spacers– which are assembled to the general frames of the building by interlocking, achieving total rigidity when working together. The resulting structure presents thermal, mechanical, acoustic and anti-seismic properties and is designed to be used without cladding or membranes, adding only an anti-return valve specific to Brikawood, in order to increase the performance and tightness of the construction. 

© Brikawood © Brikawood © Brikawood © Brikawood + 5

Call for entries MEDS Workshop 2018 - DiverCity

17:58 - 23 January, 2018
Call for entries MEDS Workshop 2018 - DiverCity

Update: The deadlines for this opportunity have been extended 

  • Call For tutors : Extended till January 28
  • Call for participants : Ends on February 28

MEDS workshop “Meetings of Design Students” is an international workshop that takes part each summer in a different country, focusing on various issues, themes, topics and settings that will help any designer expand their expertise. It is a chance to get in touch with diverse approaches to design, different building techniques, traditions and skills. MEDS workshop is both practical and educational because it focuses not only on creative theoretical designs, but actually compels participants to execute these designs during the 2-week span of the workshop. You can apply to MEDS as a tutor or as a participant.

Low-Budget Urban Garden Uses Local Materials to Bring Quito's Community Together

08:00 - 12 January, 2018
Low-Budget Urban Garden Uses Local Materials to Bring Quito's Community Together, Cortesía de Natura Futura Arquitectura
Cortesía de Natura Futura Arquitectura

The social design from Natura Futura Arquitectura for a greenhouse in the warm subtropical climate of Nayón, Ecuador, the proposal approaches the use of local material resources in the construction of low-budget productive structures for the development of the collective. 

The project, materialized with bamboo, wood and greenhouse plastic, is based on the basic geometrical figure of the triangle, proposing sectors with different levels of illumination for different types of farming.

Maqueta. Image Cortesía de Natura Futura Arquitectura Cortesía de Natura Futura Arquitectura Cortesía de Natura Futura Arquitectura Cortesía de Natura Futura Arquitectura + 26

The Glacier Shelter Built from Nothing but Wood

12:00 - 8 January, 2018
The Glacier Shelter Built from Nothing but Wood, © Keystone
© Keystone

At an altitude of 2735m, architecture students at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland have built The Bonatti Bivouac, a temporary refuge for the A Neuve’s glacier. The shelter uses the envelope as a structural object, eradicating the need for metal, screws, or nails. Informed by theoretical architect Semper, their design uses the joints to form a piece of architecture.

© Keystone Courtesy of EAST/EPFL © Keystone © Keystone + 27

Hi-Tech Hub The 'Dutch Mountains' Planned to Become the World's Largest Wooden Building

12:00 - 3 January, 2018
Hi-Tech Hub The 'Dutch Mountains' Planned to Become the World's Largest Wooden Building, © Studio Marco Vermeulen
© Studio Marco Vermeulen

Plans have been revealed for the “largest wooden building in the world” to be located just outside Eindhoven in the town of Veldhoven, The Netherlands. Known as the Dutch Mountains, the complex was conceived via a multi-disciplinary partnership made up of tech companies, service providers, architects and developers, and would contain a hi-tech, mixed-use program for residents and visitors.

COBE Designs New Visitor Center And LERVIG Brewery For Stavanger

14:00 - 24 December, 2017
COBE Designs New Visitor Center And LERVIG Brewery For Stavanger, Courtesy of COBE
Courtesy of COBE

Soon the people of Stavanger, Norway will get to see the LERVIG beer brewing process at the new 11,000 square meter visitor center and brewery designed by Danish architects COBE. An iconic focal point on what was once an industrial pier, the building will offer many new amenities to central Stavanger. The brewery will be encircled by public spaces such as a harbour bath and Norway’s first west-coast ‘street-food’ market, complete with a green roof above. From these periphery spaces, guests will be able to view the brew tanks and fermentation process happening in the heart of the building.

Multi-Functional Lego-Like Plywood Building Blocks Create Limitless Design Solution

08:00 - 24 December, 2017

Out of 200 applicants, London-based Gilles Retsin Architecture won the Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2017 competition with their temporary outdoor installation. Participants were challenged to use the fabrication abilities of Estonian wooden house manufacturers in a new and creative way. Jury member Martin Tamke said the Retsin proposal is, “characterized by outstanding aesthetic and intellectually challenging, as it questions current beliefs and trends in architecture."

© Studio Naaro © Alina Chereyskaya © Studio Naaro © Studio Naaro + 23

Imagine Listening To Music At This Ethereal Theatre and Bar In Milan

06:00 - 19 December, 2017
Imagine Listening To Music At This Ethereal Theatre and Bar In Milan, © Delfino Sisto Legnani
© Delfino Sisto Legnani

Milan based office ZarCola and Francisco Rodriguez were tasked with designing a bar and theatre for a new Milanese music festival.

The project site is within the garden of an ancient villa. A baroque trail weaves through the garden’s dense foliage, around many fountains and clearings.

© Delfino Sisto Legnani © Delfino Sisto Legnani © Delfino Sisto Legnani © Delfino Sisto Legnani + 20

Parametric Design Helped Make this Street Library Out of 240 Pieces of Wood

08:00 - 29 November, 2017
Parametric Design Helped Make this Street Library Out of 240 Pieces of Wood, © Emanuil Albert
© Emanuil Albert

Downtown Studio's latest design for a street library in Bulgaria, that utilizes the tools of parametric design to create a wooden structure that is light and transportable.

The project, a natural undulating form that develops in a semicircle, is constructed by a series of wooden modules that provide a public space with shelves to store and share books.

© Emanuil Albert © Emanuil Albert © Emanuil Albert © Emanuil Albert + 29

The Science Behind the Next Generation of Wood Buildings

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The Science Behind the Next Generation of Wood Buildings, UC San Diego Shake Table Test | Photo: NEHRI@UCSD
UC San Diego Shake Table Test | Photo: NEHRI@UCSD

At a time when engineers, designers, and builders must find solutions for a resource-constrained environment, new wood technology, materials, and science are accelerating efforts to enhance safety and structural performance.

International Building Code requires all building systems, regardless of materials used, to perform to the same level of health and safety standards. These codes have long recognized wood’s performance capabilities and allow its use in a wide range of low- to mid-rise residential and non-residential building types. Moreover, wood often surpasses steel and concrete in terms of strength, durability, fire safety, seismic performance, and sustainability – among other qualities.

ACME's Wildly Twisting Wooden Staircase Draws Inspiration From Coco Chanel’s Famous Mirror Stair

14:00 - 11 November, 2017
ACME's Wildly Twisting Wooden Staircase Draws Inspiration From Coco Chanel’s Famous Mirror Stair, © Ed Reeve
© Ed Reeve

Conventional, straight-forward staircases can step aside to make room for these upgraded twisting and dynamic steps that make going upstairs a fun and enjoyable experience. London based studio, ACME has developed a staircase prototype with modern construction methods and an adaptive design approach.

The massive twin spiral staircase was installed at ACME's own office, which previously, had no usable stair between floors. The project takes inspiration from Coco Chanel’s mirror stair in her Parisian apartment, 31 Rue Cambon. Here, the two sides of the stair were cladded with mirrors and anyone perched at the top can observe the comings and goings on all levels of the atelier.

© Ed Reeve © Ed Reeve © Ed Reeve © Ed Reeve + 18

Da Vinci-Inspired Wooden Pedestrian Bridge Can Hold 500 Kilograms Without Using Any Fixings

06:00 - 30 October, 2017
Da Vinci-Inspired Wooden Pedestrian Bridge Can Hold 500 Kilograms Without Using Any Fixings, Cortesía de Departamento de Arquitectura de la Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María
Cortesía de Departamento de Arquitectura de la Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María

Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci's self-supporting bridge, architect Diego Poblete has developed a structure that can be assembled in less than 15 minutes and, according to his study, can support up to 500 kilograms. Focusing on the issue of connectivity in rural towns, Poblete developed a wooden system that is assembled without using a single screw, optimizing the use of the resource and facilitating easy construction:

With this we can facilitate the journey of children to school in rural areas, in areas where paths are interrupted by rivers or streams. Also, once the structure has reached its useful life, the parts can be easily replaced by new ones, while the wood, being a natural material, can be reused or recycled. In this way, this pedestrian bridge is also an environmentally friendly solution.

The project was born from Poblete's thesis project as a pedestrian walkway and is based on a modular design that could be repeated to cover larger stretches. Its main advantage is the fact that it uses no nails or screws, using digitally-manufactured traditional carpentry joints.