written by:
June 11, 2013
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.
Wood Architecture Now! Volume 2 by Philip Jodidio

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.

1 / 10
Wood Architecture Now! Volume 2 by Philip Jodidio

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.

2 / 10
Wood Architecture Now! Volume 2 by Philip Jodidio

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.

3 / 10
Wood Architecture Now! Volume 2 by Philip Jodidio

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.

4 / 10
Wood Architecture Now! Volume 2 by Philip Jodidio

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.

5 / 10
Wood Architecture Now! Volume 2 by Philip Jodidio

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.

6 / 10
Wood Architecture Now! Volume 2 by Philip Jodidio

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.

7 / 10
Wood Architecture Now! Volume 2 by Philip Jodidio

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.

8 / 10
Wood Architecture Now! Volume 2 by Philip Jodidio

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.

9 / 10
Wood Architecture Now! Volume 2 by Philip Jodidio

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.

Join the Discussion

Loading comments...

Latest Articles

sardenya lr 7
A renovation brings light and order to a Spanish flat, maintaining its standout ceilings.
May 25, 2016
pow 5 25 1
Each week, we tap into Dwell's Instagram community to bring you the most captivating design and architecture shots of the week.
May 25, 2016
young guns 2016 emerging talent thom fougere winnipeg canada cthom fougere studio thom fougere saddle chair 2
Designer Thom Fougere plays with scale and typology to create playful furniture.
May 25, 2016
prs my16 0067 v001 1
In the worlds of architecture and design, we’re always looking for the best ways of supporting sustainable building practices. This awareness doesn’t have to stop at our driveways but rather, it can extend to the cars we choose to take us to the places we go each day. With Toyota’s 2016 Prius, the daily task of getting from point A to point B can now be experienced with a new level of efficiency, safety, and style.
May 25, 2016
mountfordarchitects western australia
On a narrow site in Western Australia, Mountford Architects makes the most of a tight spot—with an eye to the future.
May 25, 2016
San Francisco living room with Wassily chairs
Materials and furniture transformed the layout of this San Francisco house, without the need for dramatic structural intervention.
May 24, 2016
shiver me timbers tallow wood kitchen
A pair of married architects put their exacting taste to work on their own family escape in the Australian bush.
May 24, 2016
in the balance small space massachusetts cantilevered cabin glass facade
When nature laid down a boulder of a design challenge in the Massachusetts mountains, an architect’s solution elevated the project to new heights.
May 24, 2016
Wooden Walkways
A home in Ontario, Canada, demonstrates how factory-built housing can be as site sensitive as traditional construction.
May 24, 2016
15 icff 5
From Corian furniture to immersive installations, here are some of our favorite designs we saw at the 2016 shows.
May 24, 2016
gpphoto44
A home and community celebrate natural remove in unison.
May 24, 2016
With our annual issue devoted to the outdoors on newsstands, we did a lap of Instagram for some extra inspiration.
May 23, 2016
forest for the trees english prefab mobile home facade chesnut cladding
On the edge of a historic park in an English shire, a prefabricated home sets a new design standard.
May 23, 2016
tread lightly australia
A family home on Australia’s Mornington Peninsula is built to blend in with its lakeside setting.
May 23, 2016
jardins party dining room hay chairs local wood floor
A pair of architects help a client carve out an oasis of calm amid São Paulo’s bustle.
May 23, 2016
hwm6zf 1
No matter where you're located or what time of the year it is, having a fireplace in your home is a treasure that’s continuously sought after. Besides the obvious benefits of keeping a fire going through the cold winter months, it can also be a cherished asset that provides an extra level of year-round comfort—not to mention how it can help define the layout of a space by acting as a sculptural element.
May 23, 2016
An office Crosby Studios designed for NGRS in Moscow
Crosby Studios just cares about the essentials.
May 22, 2016
cold sweat seattle floating sauna gocstudio
A cadre of designers let off steam after hours by building and sailing a seaworthy sauna.
May 22, 2016
in the swim off the grid campsite healdsburg california swimming pool solar heat lap pool ipe deck loll designs lounge chairs
An off-the-grid house that is little more than a decked campsite—albeit with a roof—includes a swimming pool for a family that loves to enjoy the elements.
May 21, 2016
A print by Kristina Krogh
From flat to physical, Kristina Krogh masters every dimension.
May 21, 2016
scifi
Every week, we highlight one amazing Dwell home that went viral on Pinterest. Follow Dwell's Pinterest account for more daily design inspiration.
May 21, 2016
beverly hills living room piano view
Architect Noah Walker, principal of Los Angeles–based studio Walker Workshop, shares completed and work-in-progress residential designs on his Instagram page (@noah_walker). Take a peek at some of the striking modern houses here, and tour the Venice House on the Dwell Home Tours on June 26.
May 20, 2016
ripple effect san fancisco small space yard outdoor monica viarengo pebble mosiac artificial turf slide
A San Francisco landscape designer finds a small-space solution that’s anything but narrow-minded.
May 20, 2016
Oslo living room with light wood floors and wood slab table
A pair of designers in Oslo, armed with tricks for introducing color and daylight, remake their compact late-19th-century apartment.
May 20, 2016
family affair backyard addition portrait
In coastal Massachusetts, a resourceful couple and their equally enterprising children use reclaimed materials to create a versatile 168-square-foot backyard building.
May 20, 2016
speed machine australian beachside prefab archiblox facade colorbond ultra steel cladding queensland blue gum wood
With little time to waste, an Australian firm erects an efficient prefab overlooking the ocean.
May 20, 2016
Christian Benimana at Design Indaba
When he was younger, there wasn't a single architecture school in his country. Now, as part of MASS Design Group, Christian Benimana shares how architecture can heal and inspire Africa.
May 19, 2016
01 1
This Italian villa is serenity incarnate.
May 19, 2016
michael cobb interior
Alternative materials help a house in California’s wine country tread lightly on the land.
May 18, 2016
13266797 1799532953608317 1984666518 n 1
Each week, we tap into Dwell's Instagram community to bring you the most captivating design and architecture shots of the week.
May 18, 2016