Example of wooden architecture
Example of wooden architecture

Wooden buildings and works

Wood architecture is the section of arkitectureonweb dedicated to all those architectural and design projects that choose this material as the central element of the project. A way of building that has been continuously expanding in recent years thanks to the countless advantages it brings: energy saving, sustainability, lightness, speed of construction and good seismic and fire resistance behavior.

Architecture with wood is a form of construction that is based on the use of natural materials to create sustainable and environmentally responsible buildings. Wood offers many benefits as a renewable natural resource, including ease of processing, resistance to moisture and insects, thermal insulation and durability. Additionally, wood provides a warm, comfortable environment that encourages health and well-being.

Various types of wood such as oak, spruce or pine are used in wood architecture. Each offers different advantages in terms of aesthetics or characteristics of the final product.

The interesting thing is that this type of architecture can be used in multiple ways: from traditional load-bearing structures to modern prefabricated houses that can be built in a relatively short time.

But what are the main construction systems for building wooden buildings?

The Xlam structure: it is a massive technique which provides for the use of load-bearing elements inside the wooden buildings made up of multilayer panels, whose static behavior is similar to that of slabs.

The Block House technique, one of the first used, is a massive solution and involves the overlapping of heavy wooden elements, once trunks, stuck together.

The frame construction system is a lightweight solution that involves the construction of a load-bearing skeleton with non-load-bearing infill panels.

The Platform Frame construction system allows the construction of wooden buildings up to 4 floors high in a short period of time. The load-bearing walls are made up of wooden beams at regular intervals, closed by rigid wood or plaster-based panels.


Wooden structure for the game
Structure Game in Massachusetts. Enhance common spaces

The architects of Matter Design and FR|SCH Projects have designed a common play structure in the historic 'Five Fields' district of Lexington, Massachusetts.

Loft with wooden and metal mezzanine
Historic loft of the twentieth century in the center of Madrid. Project of a house inside a house

The project is much closer to the process of a single-family house construction than to an internal rehabilitation and is carried out by Zooco Studio, which generates ten different horizontal structures of different heights hosting different functions.

Wooden cube between nature
A cube of Larch in South Tyrol. Working place between Nature and its vineyards

A place of work, a meeting point among the vineyards of South Tyrol, is the architectural building designed in Novacella Varna, by the Bergmeisterwolf studio on a natural stone walledsediment with a terracing function.

Interior apartment with wooden slats
Interior design in a Turin apartment. Connection of spaces in an organic way

The project by architect Edoardo Pennazio is located in a building dating back to the '80s and the design idea is to break the original rigidity of the old plan to give space to more organic connections.

House in white wood
Wooden house in Japan. The void recognizes urban continuity

The building designed by STORE MUU design studio islocated in the residential area facingSagamiBay in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. The contextual building respects a continuous thread  

University residence structure brick wood
University residence in Uganda. Local technology for wood and brick construction

Terrain architects carries out the project of a dormitory for students who are preparing for a study experience abroad. The materials as well as the technologies used are local and well designed openings are excellent for an ideal climate

house view ocean structure wood large openings
Ocean view for a Villa in Chile. The large openings have panoramic paintings

Altamarea arquitectura elaborates the project considering the ocean view first. Every space of the house enjoys the panoramic view that is framed by the large openings as paintings that adorn the walls and only the sliding doors guarantee privacy.

Wooden hostel in the jungle
A hostel in the jungle. Materials and expedients with minimal environmental impact

In a valley, in the center of the island of Morro de San Pablo, Brazil, the jungle makes space and offers the opportunity to be inhabited in a different way, offering the opportunity to build while minimizing the environmental impact and creating a pedagogical framework.

Wooden porch
Residential buildings for the University of Cambridge. Sustainable design with compact and efficient volumes

Mecanoo collaborates with North West Cambridge Development, transforming a 150 hectare agricultural site of the University of Cambridge into a residential community of 232 residential units, academic facilities, public services and green open spaces

Suspended villa with pool
A "suspended" villa in Costa Rica. A project that respects the environment

Architect Leonardo Jiménez of Indigo Arquitectura designs a residence in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. A house surrounded by nature that respects it and uses the characteristics of the landscape to "work" in the best possible way

National Hall Lituania
National Concert Hall in Lithuania. Renovation of the elements of vernacular architecture

AZPML architectural studio designs a concert hall on the Tauras hill in Vilnius, upgrading the local traditions and renovating numerous Lithuanian vernacular elements: a renovation that is not only iconographic but also functional

Kiosk with internal lighting
The stalls of Mount Royal Park. Wooden Interiors: an impressive theatre of light and shadow

Internally clad and furnished with wood, Atelier Urban Face architectural studio has created 3 stalls in Mount Royal Park, Montreal. Each stall stands at a different angle, as if pushed by the wind

Office with wooden gable roof
Warehouse and office for a commercial company. Wooden gable roof and natural light

In a suburban context, between Tokyo and Gunma, Arii Irie Architects studio designs a warehouse and office that deals with machine parts, designing a roof in the shape of a wooden tympanum, which would create a hollow space in the shape of a diamond.

Wooden yoga center
Yoga Center in Chile. Wood & Light for the search of the soul

Architects Germán Rodriguez and Sergio Hidalgo have constructed a wooden structure in Ñuñoa, Santiago, Chile, that is reminiscent of a temple and houses a meditation centre where yoga is practiced. The light is used consciously in the architectural design

Wooden cabin
Concept for the Wooden House. "Live in wood" combining functionality, versatility and comfort

The project "Live in wood" has been designed and developed by PAO Architects as a concept of prefabricated wooden houses in Lithuania. Small one-storey living spaces characterized by an extremely versatile design in accordance with the users

Residential complex roof and wooden structure
Residential complex in Japan. Common spaces and design to expand the house

The new residential complex is located along the coast of Aichi. The low population density made it possible for Velocity Studio to make the most of the space and to focus the project on the connection and iteration spaces.

Shelter with wood covering
Wooden coating for Refuge in Chile. Relaxation for mountaineers in between lines and corners

In San Esteban, Chile, the Gonzalo Iturriaga Arquitectos studio has created a contemporary building, a refuge for mountaineers that is created through floors, sections and corners of the facades

Two-storey wooden house
Two-storey house with a wooden terrace. Nestled in the middle of a small hill

Japanese architecture studio atelier thu designs a two-storey wooden house in an abandoned place, placing the house on a hill and equipping it with a wooden terrace and a loft space designed as a bedroom. 

Wooden farm
Renovation of a farm in the Netherlands. Structural wood for a factory

RO&AD Architects have been commissioned to renovate the farm on the Houten estate in the province of Utrecht. The castle was demolished and the farm is currently the pride of the estate

Villa in San Francisco. Open plan architecture facing the Californian Bay
Villa in San Francisco. Open plan architecture facing the Californian Bay

The American architecture studio Terry & Terry Architecture realizes on the hills of Oakland at 1800 meters above sea level, in California, a villa overlooking the southwestern bay and the Golden Gate

Wooden cottage
Cottage in Utrecht. A blend of craftsmanship and refinement

In the rural area north of Utrecht, a special collaboration between Zecc and interior designer Roel van Norel has created a leisure house with a compact wooden structure.

White house in wood
Twelve intersecting squares. House with prismatic architecture

The starting point of the project "House in Hokusetsu" by Tato Architects/Yo Shimada is the use of twelve squares which are mostly closed to the outside, representing the room numbers and autonomous spaces capable of accommodating different styles.

Commercial building in wood
Commercial building in Holland. The social rehabilitation is made of Wood

From an abandoned building once used as an office and a lively residential complex, the design studio Studioninedots has created De Burgemeester, a commercial real estate property in Hoofddorp which was renovated and opened in November 2013.

Interior with exposed wooden beams
Wooden house with a garden. Creative concept based on the customer's demands

The project by the arbol architecture studio is located in the province of Nara, Japan and addresses the needs of their customers, who want a detached house in the suburbs, with flexible spaces and a large outdoor courtyard.

Restaurant by the sea
Restaurant on the seashore. Multisensory architecture in harmony with the environment

On the Costa Navarino, in Greece, k-studio designs a restaurant belonging to the Costa Navarino Resort, named Barbouni, located on a wooden platform on the beach, creating a relaxing environment and atmosphere that is perfectly suited for the location.

Wooden cabin among the trees
Wooden cabin for tourists. A refuge in the woods of Romania

The project was carried out with the help of European funds for the development of tourism, this wooden shelter was built by the Romanian architectural studio BLIPSZ, a slightly larger version than the previous one.

Wooden dwelling
House built on a small plot. The interior creates the illusion of larger spaces

The Tato Architects Yo Shimada architectural studio was assigned the task of designing a house on a small plot of land, whose interior spaces will result in a thorough design with the illusion of being larger.

Home in contemporary wood
Wooden single-family house in the Province of Ancona. Architecture and technology

The sustainable single-family building, thanks to precise energy choices, is located close to the walls of the medieval village of Offagna, in the Province of Ancona. Architect Riccardo Bucci uses innovative technologies in the cladding.

Casa con revestimiento de madera
Mountain house built on a slope. Local wooden tile cladding

The GEZA gri and zucchi architecture studio designs a detached house in Hohenthurn, Austria, perched on a hillside, extending from east to west, with full-height windows that open onto panoramic views

Wooden gym
Sports complex in France. Wooden gyms at the service of Schools and Neighbourhoods

The HacineCherifi gymnasium is part of the project for the Paul Chevallier school complex, by TectoniquesArchitectes for the city of Rillieux-La-Pape. Next to the schools with their green roofs is an imposing and silent neighbour.