MGA’s eight-storey Wood and Innovation Design Centre in British Columbia

Let's get high

A raft of new high-rise timber projects internationally are exploiting the potential that wood – an age-old, natural and robust building material – has to change the face of our cities. Wood is not only cost-effective to use, but, when compared to conventional reinforced concrete, environmentally friendly, emission-free and eminently sustainable.

Contents in brief:

  • Event Agenda June–July 2015
  • Architonic Photo Tours: Milano Design Week 2015
  • Getting High (on Wood)
  • Architonic Trend Analysis: Material Tendencies
  • Further Articles from Architonic’s ‘News & Trends’
  • Inspiring Search Results No. 41: Dining tables with top in solid wood
  • Inspiring Spaces No. 33: Stairwells
  • Architecture and Design Projects on Architonic

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Getting High (on Wood)

Text: Giovanna Dunmall

Could wood be the new concrete? If a number of recently completed, high-rise timber projects internationally are anything to go by, the only way might indeed be up for this most enduring and trusty of building materials.

The nine-storey Stadthaus in East London, designed by Waugh Thistleton, took four people only 27 days to build. From demolition of the previous structure to people moving in, 11 months elapsed; photo Will Pryce

Timber architecture is having a moment. And long may it last says its fast-growing and passionate community of proponents. For one thing, it’s a far more sustainable material to build with than concrete and cement because it sequesters carbon dioxide from the atmosphere (one tonne per cubic metre of wood); for another it’s a healthier and more pleasant environment to live in due to improved acoustics and thermal performance. ‘CLT construction sites are happy, productive places too,’ says Andrew Waugh, founding partner of London-based architecture practice Waugh Thistleton, who has been working with prefabricated CLT (cross-laminated timber) panels for 15 years. ‘They are clean, quiet and dry with no site waste, cement mixers, hammer drills or lorries constantly turning up on site.’

Architonic Trend Analysis: Material Tendencies

If you had to decide to work with ONE material only for the next three years, what would it be? At this year's Milan Design Week, Architonic used the opportunity to question prominent designers directly. We have collected some intriguing reflections and are happy to share them with you in the form of a series of articles called 'Material Tendencies', as part of our Architonic Trend Analysis project. 

Further Articles from Architonic’s ‘News & Trends’

Textiles and Light: state of the art at Techtextil 2015

Text: Ulrich Büttner

Earlier this month, Techtextil presented all the relevant applications for technical textiles and nonwovens. If one looks at the possible applications of fabrics and films in architecture, then, apart from classical facade and roof constructions, it is their use in connection with artificial or natural light in particular that is of increasing interest.

The Luxury Beneath: Object Carpet's flawless flooring

Text: Johannes Hünig

Carpet specialist Object Carpet has gained a worldwide reputation with carpets that satisfy even the most demanding of architects, such as Zaha Hadid or Hitoshi Abe. For years now, the company has successfully combined high design standards with supreme suitability for everyday use.

Made in Brooklyn: the creatives putting the New York borough on the design map

Text: Dominic Lutyens 

Brooklyn is only a short distance from Manhattan yet it has its own, highly distinctive identity. Talk to Brooklyn’s tight-knit but burgeoning community of designer-makers and you get the impression that this New York borough is widely seen as more romantic, bohemian, less overtly worldly than the more commerce-focused Manhattan. 


Inspiring Search Results No. 41

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Inspiring Spaces No. 33


Architecture and Design Projects on Architonic


Germany | 2011
Photographer: Alexander Fanslau

OFFECCT reference projects

Kizuki + Lim
Photographer: Choo


St Gerold Community Center
Sankt Gerold | Austria | Completed 2007-2008

Photographer: Hanspeter Schiess