Barns in the Pioneer Valley

Last Friday I had the pleasure to be invited to a barn tour organized by two of my Architecture colleagues – Max Page and Caryn Brause. As anyone who lives in the Pioneer Valley (the Connecticut River valley) knows, one of the truly vernacular building styles around here is the tobacco barn. This trip showed […] Read more..

Wood Design Photo Series: Austria Passive House Whistler

On a recent visit to Whistler, BC (yep, the place where the 2010 Winter Olympics were held), I had the fortune to be given an impromptu tour of the Austria Passive House, a building constructed for the Olympics and used as “home base” for Austrian media during the events. This 2700 s.f., two-story building is […] Read more..

Wood Design Photo Series: Brentwood Skytrain Station

I only have a few pictures of this structure, which were all taken during a rushed visit to the station. Nevertheless, the roof structure of this station is a great example for curved glulam and for CNC prefabrication of wood. If I remember right, most connections are timber rivets and lag bolts.

Wood Design Photo Series: Peek & Cloppenburg Cologne

Visiting this building was quite an experience. Not only is its shape and facade a glamorous sight from the outside, being inside makes me want to go to department stores again. It is refreshing to see a store filled with so much natural light that there is no need anymore to ask a sales attendant […] Read more..

Wood Design Photo Series: Lynn Canyon Café and Ranger Station

  I like visiting the Lynn Valley suspension bridge in North Vancouver. It is not as commercial as its big sister – the Capilano bridge – yet it gives you the same thrill walking over it. It was even safe for the kids – apparently the deck got an overhaul last year. What I hadn’t […] Read more..