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 house with white slats
Housing in a neighbourhood in Melbourne. The interplay of light and shadows gives personality

The material and shapes of the building are the key elements in the interplay of light and shadows of the house renovated and expanded by the Austrian studio in 2011, which considers the white wooden boards as a distinctive element of the building

Restaurant with colorful and wooden interior
Wood in different textures and colours. Intriguing design for the dining room of a restaurant

In Washington, the Crème studio is responsible for the designing of a restaurant, with the most varied combinations of geometries, textures, lines and colours that create a fun and inviting atmosphere, with references to the vivacity of South African textile heritage

Wooden reconstruction in the Philippines
Rebuilding with Wood in the Philippines. The Multipurpose Centre was established in collaboration with the Community

In November 2013, the Haiyan typhoon devastated the city of Tacloban, in the Philippines. Eriksson Furunes Architecture and Leandro V.Locsin Partners&Boase studios in collaboration with the community developed the project through a series of workshops

Office company with wooden walls
Interior design for new work spaces. The wood qualifies the space

Arrokabe arquitectos, in the interior design project for new work spaces, focuses on the differentiation of spaces through materials, and in particular wood, which qualifies the most central spaces at the expense of the perimeter ones

Log cabin in the woods
Wooden "Nest" in the woods in Finland. Local and recycled materials for Self-build Chalet

Designed and built by designer Robin Falck in the summer of 2010 over a two week period, the "Nest", as the designer himself calls it, in reference to the Italian "bird's nest", has completely local or recycled materials

Hotel between the Alps
Hotels near the Alpe di Siusi. New identity in harmony with nature

With the aim of enhancing and emphasizing the majestic mountain scenery, while preserving harmony with nature, the family-run hotel Valentinerhof is revisited and expanded, while respecting the values of local tradition

Wooden house with ocean view
House on a hill overlooking the ocean. Terrace in the middle of the residence sheltered from the winds

Work Arquitectos studio is commissioned by a young family to design a house overlooking the ocean, taking full advantage of the views and at the same time sheltered from the winds, with a terrace in the middle of the house

House surrounded by greenery
Experimental house in New York. Guest house located between Architecture and the Countryside

Steven Holl Architects develops this research project, questioning the current clichés between architecture and commercial practice, without ever losing sight of the conservation of the natural landscape of the natural habitat

Waterfront sauna and auditorium
Waterfront and wooden slats. Sauna and auditorium for outdoor activities on the Baltic Sea

The building, sauna and outdoor auditorium, characterized by wooden slats and designed by the AVANTO architecture studio is located in the Hernesaari area, a former industrial area on Helsinki's waterfront, which is being transformed into a residential area

Wooden chicken coop
Back to nature. Animal huts commissioned to renowned architects and designers

In the eastern part of Turkey, the SO?Architecture&Ideas studio designs "House of Chickens", a small wooden building for poultry, which is part of a larger project of return to nature and attention to animals

Multifunctional center in wood
Multifunctional centre with characteristic design. Triangular geometries for an imposing building

In the community of Le Vaud there is a multipurpose centre designed by LOCALARCHITECTURE designed to serve and bring the locals together, hosting shows, events, sports activities and integrating existing school facilities

House with charred wooden facade
Charred facade for a house on the outskirts of Munich. Contrast with the existing

Among the faceless single-family houses in rural Germany, Buero Wagner's project stands out, which, thanks to its charred wooden facade, highlights the contrast between his detached house project and the neighbouring houses

Office with wooden structures as partitions
Open design and flexibility. Wooden structures for partitioning office space

The design for Quartz by Desai Chia Architecture aims to meet the needs of a fast-growing studio, with an open-plan office and flexible spaces, where circulation seems to be fluid

wooden cabin in the nature
Prefabricated wooden cabin. Architecture interacts and relates with nature

The architecture studio SO? Architecture&Ideas designs a prefabricated wooden living module, located in a cul-de-sac on the Turkish-Greek border, capable of withstanding all weather conditions that vary according to the season

Wooden house with circular window
Carefully designed interior. Perceptive richness enhances the living experience

The Bureau Daniel Zamarbide studio, through the study of domestic spaces, renovates a chalet starting from the design of its interior, completely covered in birch wood, creating new spatial connections

Wooden house with internal passage
Wooden house in Japan. An interplay of lights, passages and openings

The artists of the Alts Design Office were commissioned to build a wooden house, with an internal passage, underlined by the use of a different flooring and by an opening that runs along the side of the entire facade

Cavity of a wooden sauna
Sauna in the middle of Hong Kong. A cavity with wavy shapes enclosed in a box

The Finnish architecture studio AVANTO and the architect Hiroko Mori, through the design of a sauna, with curvilinear shapes inside and rigid outside, decide to show a piece of Finland in the chaotic city of Honk Kong

Contemporary wooden architecture
House Ramp in Sao Paulo. Wooden facade used as a lining that folds inward

A residential and exhibition work, which combines art and design, the project by Brazilian studio Mk27 aimed to create a space that would blend all these elements, where the bonding element is the architecture itself

Barn converted into a loft
White volumes and solid wood. An old barn is transformed into a loft

A 150-year-old abandoned barn in the United States is converted into a loft with en-suite bedrooms, wardrobes and floors made of polished concrete and characterized by white and solid wood volumes that define the spaces

Wooden house open to the inside and closed to the outside
House in the centre of Osaka. The interior opens onto the Garden

The opening of courtyards and open spaces inside the house and the closing towards the outside is the peculiarity of the house designed and built in the center of Osaka, which has a tree-lined garden inside, enabling the filling of natural light

Wooden pavilions surrounded by nature
Pavilions immersed in the Californian hills. Fusion between Architecture and Nature

On the Napa Valley mountain range in California, a series of pavilions dedicated to wine tasting blend perfectly with the surrounding nature, made up of trees and vineyards, due to the careful use of materials

Wooden pavilion in the forest
Refuge in the forest in France. Meeting point for hikers and curious children

A safe haven, located in the peat bog of Bertrichamp, France, is designed by Studiolada, conceived as a meeting point in the middle of the forest for hikers and children in search of adventure

House like a white prism
Wooden expansion for a home in Canada. White prism for a new living space

Through the extension of the ancient residence, Acdf Architecture studio has created an additional space to live in the house in a convivial way, always respecting the different functional spaces between work and play, guaranteeing a peaceful corner for everyone

Traditional wooden pavilion
Housing model in Austria. A pavilion to show the positive effects of wood

In Bezau, Austria, the Innauer Matt Architekten studio is designing a prototype of a minimal housing model to experiment with the potential of wood, through total immersion in its perfumes and materiality

Traditional wooden outbuilding
Outhouse in Hungary. A fusion between primitive and modern Architecture

Immersed in Hungarian nature, the main objective of the building is to blend local primitive architecture with modern construction elements, evoking a unique atmosphere, whose protagonists are man and nature

Cottage with bay window
Wooden cottage on the Norwegian coast. The rooftop salon for a panoramic view of the fjord

In Norway, along a cliff at a distance of about 50 meters from the water, C.F. Moeller has created a solid wooden cottage with large windows that enable you to accumulate heat and fully enjoy the panoramic views of the fjord

School in Thailand made of bamboo and natural materials
School in Thailand. Bamboo and natural materials for an Organic Architecture

The Bamboo Sports Hall for the Panyaden International School was designed by Chiangmai Life Architect and is based on the use of natural materials, the manual skills of man and an organic architecture that evokes the shape of the lotus flower

Wooden structure museum in canada
Research center in Canada. Solid wood structure for the Dinosaur Museum

In the Canadian town of Wembley, Teeple Architects constructs the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, a worldwide educational and research facility whose wooden architectural design has already become an important and widely recognized symbol

Wooden house floating in the trees
Wooden villa in Norway. The house which floats among the trees

In a suburb of Bergen, Todd Saunders, founder of Saunders Architecture, builds a wooden villa for his family consisting of two structures where the elevated element helps to create the illusion that the house is floating among the trees

Villa in wood and steel
Two-storey villa in Quebec. Wood and steel for overlapping volumes

On the border between Quebec and Vermont, architect David Dworkind has built Bolton Residence, a two-storey villa composed of two superimposed structures anchored at the end of a slope from where it seems to float among the trees