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 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

Wooden shed and children's playground
Educational center in Melbourne. A " big house " made of wood for children

Australian studio Nest Architects has set up a wooden educational facility on the outskirts of Melbourne for pre-school children, creating cosy and playful interiors with a typically domestic atmosphere

Horizontal wooden villa on the rock
Wooden villa in Hungary. The Rocky Wall becomes the scenic protagonist

On the outskirts of Kőszeg, an enchanting historic city in Hungary, architect Attila Béres creates a wooden villa in which the external rock wall becomes the main attraction, creating a pleasant contrast with the warm naturalness of the wood

Bioclimatic architecture with organic forms
Organic Architecture in France. Bioclimatic Principles and Wooden Structure

This residence on the banks of the Golfe du Morbihan, not far from Auray, was built by Architect Patrice Bideau using the principles of organic architecture with a concentration of green energy components for maximum efficiency

Laboratory with wooden frame surrounded by greenery
Wooden frame workshop in the United States. American Architecture Prize 2017

Valerie F. Schweitzer Architects won the American Architecture Prize in 2017 with this realization. The art workshop in Westport, Connecticut, was inspired by the shape of a butterfly's wing clasp

With white parquet flooring and metal kitchen worktops
Cottage in Canada. Combining wood between triangular shape and spatial quality

Captivating and ingenious, the project located in St.Adolfe d'Howard, Canada, eloquently illustrates the fruitful contribution made by the great collusion between Architect Jean Verville and his clients

Bamboo roof in Vietnam
Bamboo house in Vietnam. An eco-sustainable project to accommodate millions of people

A bamboo house that can be built in 25 days. This is Blooming Bamboo Home, a prototype project by the Vietnamese Studio, H&P Architects, for eco-sustainable architecture