A team from the TU Vienna in Austria was one of the three winners of a European architectural design competition under the title “A Minimum House for Leisure in the XXI century.” Their winning entry was a house made entirely of shipping pallets. Similar to the recycling of metal shipping containers, this is a great […] Read more..
Category: Timber Engineering
Everything related to the beauty of designing and building with wood: Wood architecture, timber engineering, art, wood in history, etc.
New Wood Design Software Options Coming Up
When it comes to architectural or structural design of wood buildings, there are only a few software packages available in North America (compared to what is out there for steel or concrete design). While these (e.g. cadwork, Dietrich’s, IES VisualDesign and more here and here) have great tools to design and size anything from a […] 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 Structures Conference Announcements
It’s time again to send out a conference announcement – so here it comes. We at BMATWT are once again organizing a symposium centered around wood – the 2008 Wood Structures Symposium. This time, the topic is prefabricated architecture in wood and the event is bound to be very interesting. Steve Kieran from Kieran Timberlake […] Read more..
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..
A House for 8,054 US-$
As reported by the BBC, a 52-year-old software engineer in Scotland has built a wood and straw-bale house for a total of UK£ 4,000 (equals 8,054 US-$). Talk about affordable housing. You can see a break-down of all costs on the BBC website. Somehow reminds me of another guy from Massachusetts. He got it done […] 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 seen […] Read more..