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Wood Architecture Now! Volume 2 by Philip Jodidio

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Taschen’s forthcoming Wood Architecture Now! Volume 2 is a compilation of pioneering works built from man’s inaugural construction material. Pushed to the wayside of late for steel, concrete, and glass, the innovative projects featured in the hefty tome show the timeless material is still capable of surprising us after all these years. Aided by computer-driven design and modern manufacturing techniques, simple wooden structures have evolved into geometric marvels. We got our hands on a preview of the book (yet another from Philip Jodidio and now share with you some of our favorite wooden wonders from Wood Architecture Now! Volume 2.
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  Situated between two forest, the 23.2 House by Omer Arbel offers a buffer between the distinct woodlands. White Rock, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Photo by Omer Arbel Office.

    Situated between two forest, the 23.2 House by Omer Arbel offers a buffer between the distinct woodlands. White Rock, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Photo by Omer Arbel Office.

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  Simultaneously rustic and space-age the Elqui Domos Astronomical Hotel would be an ideal environment for a night under the stars. Rodrigo Duque Motta. Pisco Elqui. Chile. Photo by Rodrigo Duque Motta.

    Simultaneously rustic and space-age the Elqui Domos Astronomical Hotel would be an ideal environment for a night under the stars. Rodrigo Duque Motta. Pisco Elqui. Chile. Photo by Rodrigo Duque Motta.

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  Go Hasegaway’s house in Komazawa is wrapped in eucalyptus planks and covered with a cedar-tiled roof. Slatted floors in the interior create a palpable connection between the two levels. Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Iwan Baan.

    Go Hasegaway’s house in Komazawa is wrapped in eucalyptus planks and covered with a cedar-tiled roof. Slatted floors in the interior create a palpable connection between the two levels. Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Iwan Baan.

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  Comprised of plywood plates, the ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion in Stuttgart, Germany, is a study in the implementation of biological principles in architecture (hence the dome’s resemblance to a sea urchin). Institute for Computational Design (ICD) / Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE). Photo by Roland Halbe.

    Comprised of plywood plates, the ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion in Stuttgart, Germany, is a study in the implementation of biological principles in architecture (hence the dome’s resemblance to a sea urchin). Institute for Computational Design (ICD) / Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE). Photo by Roland Halbe.

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  The Li Yuan Library’s coffered walls provide a built-in storage solutions for all those books. Li Xiaodong, Li Yuan Library, Jiaojiehe Village, Huirou, Beijing, China. Photo by Li Xiaodong Atelier.

    The Li Yuan Library’s coffered walls provide a built-in storage solutions for all those books. Li Xiaodong, Li Yuan Library, Jiaojiehe Village, Huirou, Beijing, China. Photo by Li Xiaodong Atelier.

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  The Li Yuan Library’s coffered walls provide a built-in storage solutions for all those books. Li Xiaodong, Li Yuan Library, Jiaojiehe Village, Huirou, Beijing, China. Photo by Li Xiaodong Atelier.

    The Li Yuan Library’s coffered walls provide a built-in storage solutions for all those books. Li Xiaodong, Li Yuan Library, Jiaojiehe Village, Huirou, Beijing, China. Photo by Li Xiaodong Atelier.

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  Skaters seeking refuge from strong winds and temperatures feeling as low as minus fifty degrees Celsius can thank Patkau Architects for the Winnipeg Skating Shelters. The structures are formed from two layers of plywood and a timber frame. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Candada. Photo by James Dow.

    Skaters seeking refuge from strong winds and temperatures feeling as low as minus fifty degrees Celsius can thank Patkau Architects for the Winnipeg Skating Shelters. The structures are formed from two layers of plywood and a timber frame. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Candada. Photo by James Dow.

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  The combination of raw materials and a vertically oriented open floor plan make Hiroyuki Shinozaki’s House T one-of-a-kind. Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Hiroyasu Sakaguchi © A to Z.

    The combination of raw materials and a vertically oriented open floor plan make Hiroyuki Shinozaki’s House T one-of-a-kind. Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Hiroyasu Sakaguchi © A to Z.

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  WMR Arquitectos didn’t just build with wood – they incorporated trees on the grounds of the Surazo Hotel into the design. Matanzas, Chile. Photo by Sergio Pirrone.

    WMR Arquitectos didn’t just build with wood – they incorporated trees on the grounds of the Surazo Hotel into the design. Matanzas, Chile. Photo by Sergio Pirrone.

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  Wood Architecture Now!: Volume 2 will be released August 1st.

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