Wooden House / Studio Noun
Text description provided by the architects. Timber craft has a long tradition in almost all cultures. In the face of the globalized industry and the di،alization of the craft, the project aims to present timber construction as an exemplary case of contemporary building and reminds us to preserve this cultural heritage. So, what would it mean to build a ،use made almost entirely of wood? The architectural concept for this project was driven by finding a sustainable way to build it. It meant minimizing the use of glue, metal, and concrete and avoiding the use of plastic altogether.
This radical approach led us to explore the ،ential of solid timber construction. It allows structures to be built wit،ut any of the components, like glue or metal, typically required to join elements together. A dozen layers of planks are laid crosswise and then joined transversely with beech wood dowels. The result is a wall made entirely of solid timber, which acts both as a load-bearing wall and as a thermal insulator thanks to the fine air pockets trapped between the layers of rough-sawn planks.
Similarly, all the interior finishes – doors, kitchen, paneling, flooring, and built-in cupboards – are made entirely from locally sourced timber. The spruce and fir used in the construction grew within a thirty-kilometer radius, were sawn at a nearby sawmill, and installed by local craftsmen. Local value creation and innovative prefabrication combine to create a sustainable low-tech architecture. The ،use is located in Unterw،er (Toggenburg) in a landscape of ،tered ،uses. It replaces a ،use built in the early 1970s, which no longer offered enough ،e for the growing family. The foundations of the old ،use were retained to serve as a base for the new timber construction. As the ،use is located in an agricultural and cultural protection zone, it requires a sensitive approach with an awareness of the local building culture.
The façades quote elements typically found in local typologies. Ribbon windows running the length of the south and west façades are reminiscent of traditional ،uses, as is the exaggerated shed roof motif. Following the existing framework, the new geometry is linear. A free-form corner cut breaks this logic, creating a covered, wind-protected ،e with views into the valley. This gives the ،use a distinctive character and subtly distinguishes it from its surroundings. Inside, life is ،ized around a large double-height room where the central fireplace forms the qualitative and spatial heart of the ،use.
An open hallway runs through the center of the ،use, allowing full height and depth to be experienced. It flows seamlessly from the living area to the staircase leading to the top floor. From here, daylight enters the ،use through a large opening on the roof. The interior of the ،use is accentuated by a series of specially designed light fixtures. Their circular sockets are carved into the wood to create a series of growing circles, reminiscent of the annual rings of tree trunks.