Learn how cutting-edge innovations using one of civilization’s oldest construction materials are reshaping the built environment in sustainable and beautiful ways.
Natural, renewable, reusable, and aesthetically pleasing, wood is the consummate building material. Thanks to incredible advances in both application and sustainability, it is being used across the world to create new and surprising styles.
This exhilarating global survey features exquisite photography that captures a wide range of twenty-first century construction in residential, public, cultural, educational, commercial, and entertainment-related spaces. From the Mount Fuji World Heritage Center in Shizuoka, Japan and the Eystur Town Hall in the Faroe Islands to the College of Forestry at Oregon State University, each building is featured in double-page spreads with lush color photographs that allow readers to appreciate timber’s intrinsic qualities against a variety of backgrounds, scales, and typologies. Plans and building specifications are accompanied by the latest developments in research and design.
Eco-friendly and robust, timber’s applications are almost unlimited, extending to the tallest skyscrapers, and to every livable corner of our planet. This volume offers encouraging proof that architects around the world are responding to the climate crisis in ways that not only preserve the earth, but also provide pleasing environments in which to live, work, and play.
About the Author
Agata Toromanoff is an art historian and the author of several books on contemporary art, design, and architecture, including Brutalism Reinvented and Raising the Roof, both available from Prestel.