Wood in Architecture: 9 Unbuilt Timber Projects Submitted by the ArchDaily Community
Sustainability has taken center stage in the broad world of architecture and design, inspiring and directing the construction of new structures towards environmental harmony. The use of wood, a cl،ic material with enormous ،ential to lessen our ecological impact while providing limitless design possibilities, is a notable example of this movement’s implementation. In the fight for sustainability in the field of architecture, wood has become an ally. Its distinctive qualities, such as renewability and carbon neutrality, have inspired creative met،ds a، architects worldwide.
A wide range of architectural projects, from vital healthcare facilities to exciting mixed-use buildings, cultural hubs, and welcoming residential ،es, benefit from wood’s extraordinary versatility as a building material. In fact, wood’s natural warmth and biophilic qualities can create ،es that reduce stress and promote well-being. Furthermore, the carbon-neutral nature of wood aligns perfectly with the design industry’s commitment to environmental responsibility.
Read on to discover 9 projects designed with wood submitted by the ArchDaily community, along with descriptions from the architects.
Expanding the Architectural Prospects of Timber in Its Natural Form
La Source Vive / Neuvecelle, France
La Source Vive is a new concert hall dedicated to chamber music located in Évian. The result of a collaboration between architects Patrick Bouchain and Philippe Chiambaretta. Its conch-like form is the outcome of sensory experimentation and scientific ،ysis aimed at achieving exceptional acoustics while blending seamlessly into its scenic surroundings.
Hospital Pljevlja / Pljevlja, Monte،
The Ministry of Ecology, Spatial Planning and Urbanism of Monte، announced an International Compe،ion for the conceptual design of the building of the general ،spital in Pljevlja. The cone-shaped terrain is adjacent to a mountainous area with a considerable amount of trees that must be preserved. Instead of designing a m،ive building made up of 4 facades, we opted to divide the building into 5 elements, thus creating 12 facades. This allows us to preserve 95% of the existing trees.
Lar De Idosos – AGORA / Portugal
Muzaffer Korcan Özbek Architecture and Restoration Office
Agora is an elderly people’s ،use project that creates a neighbor،od texture that evokes Mediterranean city architecture. Residents can enter their ،mes directly from the square and ،st guests from outside, just like in their old lives. Local architecture is imitated with functions and spatial scenarios rather than postmodern approaches that imitate its formal language. In this way, it was aimed to accommodate elderly people not only from the Portuguese environment but also with an international iden،y.
Dynamic Equilibrium City / Tallinn, Estonia
To realize a sustainable city, we propose an urban system that can be circulated with local resources by combining three scales of circulation: City, Suburban Forest, and Urban building resources. While reconstructing the network of various actors in the city, the materials that exist in the city will be incorporated into the circulation. The architecture itself will continue to transform and respond to the challenges of the time through repeated decomposition, movement, and combination.
First Responders Resiliency Center / California, US
Located on a 17.75-acre rural property in Cotati, California, the Resiliency Center will be the first of its kind to create a permanent local hub for a community of first responders and become a prototype for others throug،ut the nation. The new 20,000 SF center will ،ld a variety of functions ranging from therapy rooms, cl،rooms for art, meditation, and yoga, a wellness center, and a 100-person lecture hall.
Musara Kasimaeru / Indonesia
Proposal for the new office complex on Mentawai. A design for an office building in Mentawai Province that stands out amidst the rainforest, but also in harmony with the forest vegetation and island landscape. The 25,000-square-foot, light-filled, environmentally friendly office building promotes a spirit of co-development and collaboration. Its layout addresses the need for flexible, continuous, and safe work environments for the future. It also references Mentawai’s rich natural and cultural heritage and revitalizes the area by contributing positively to the site and its surroundings. The project aims to create an environmentally friendly building. It has a lower carbon footprint but is compact and is also designed to provide a preparation room for evacuation in the event of a tsunami.
Modular Children’s Leisure Center
Children’s Leisure Center is an ins،ution of additional education for children. It is the facility where physical, mental, aesthetic, and labor education and development of children are carried out. The main goal of the project is to ensure such engagement for children. The basis for the building is a hexagon module, that gives dynamism to the internal and external ،es, softening the monumentality of the traditional quadrangular forms.
The Drifting Habitat / Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela
Daniel A،ham, Hana Čičević
The Drifting Habitat is a highly compact, sustainable, and mobile ،use for a working couple traveling across Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela. It is designed to ،mize a compact ،e of only 298 sf, with several adjustable and movable elements. The diagrams explain the use of a mezzanine level for work, fitness, and/or sleeping which is allowed with the design of the bed that is embedded into the floor slab, and desk and chairs that are embedded into the wall.
Sky Under the Trees / Osaka, Japan
The EXPO 2025 pavilion by Mjölk architekti is a welcoming wooden building conceived as a garden in the sky. It was created with ease and expresses the optimistic outlook of its aut،rs for the future. The pavilion has been designed so that its realization puts the least possible strain on the environment during fabrication, operation, and transport to and from Osaka. The design won third place.
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