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Not so very long ago, some might have considered wood a material of the past, long since replaced by more modern components such as concrete and steel. The truth is radically different. Bolstered by new manufacturing techniques and ecological benefits, wood has seen a fabulous resurgence in contemporary construction.

This double-volume survey explores how architects around the world have created and invented with this elementary material. Featuring follies, very large buildings, and ambitious urban renewal schemes, it celebrates the diverse deployment of wood by architects around the world. We see how wood can at once transform urban spaces, as in the Metropol Parasol in Seville by Jurgen Mayer H., and allow for sensitive interventions in natural environments, such as at the Termas Geometricas Hot Springs Complex in Pucon, Chile, by German del Sol.

True to all TASCHEN architecture tomes, the book pays tribute to many emerging international talents as well as to such renowned figures as Tadao Ando to Renzo Piano. It celebrates each architect's vision and innovation, as well as investigating the techniques, trends, and principles that have informed their work with wood. It examines the computer guided milling that has allowed for novel new forms, the responsible harvesting that allows wood to align with our environmental concerns, and, above all, wood's enduring appeal to our senses and psyche, comforting hectic modern lives with a sense of Arcadian simplicity.

 

Details

ISBN: 9783836542814
Series:Bibliotheca Universalis
Audience: General
Format: Hardback
Number of Pages: 656
Publication Date: 19 Jun 2016
Publisher: Taschen GmbH
Publication City, Country: Cologne, Germany
Dimensions (cm): 30.5(H) x 24(L)
Weight (gm): 5020

 

Reviews

"From minimalist homes to undulating public spaces, 100 Contemporary Wood Buildings from TASCHEN shows countless ways of working with the traditional material." * architecturaldigest.com *
"Undoubtedly one of the most elegant modern building materials." * Vogue *
"If the words "wood" and "building" make you think of sheds or tumbledown cabins in the middle of nowhere, you need to take a look at 100 Contemporary Wood Buildings. The double-volume survey proves that, far from being consigned to history by concrete and steel, wood is very much still relevant as an architectural building material." * Christies Magazine *

 

Author Biography

Philip Jodidio studied art history and economics at Harvard, and edited Connaissance des Arts for over 20 years. His TASCHEN books include the Architecture Now! series and monographs on Tadao Ando, Santiago Calatrava, Renzo Piano, Jean Nouvel, Shigeru Ban, Richard Meier, Zaha Hadid, and soon Norman Foster.
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