The use of wood in multi-storey buildings is an art form almost completely buried a hundred years ago. Reinforced concrete structures became the norm worldwide. In recent years, however, the sustainability debate has brought a renaissance to wood and an interest in large, urban, wooden structures has awakened. Shigeru Ban, well-known for his use of paper and paperboard, has built an office building in Zurich made entirely of wood, or to be more precise 2,000 m3 of Austrian spruce.
Category: Extention/ redesign
A former gunpowder store of severe Palladianism transformed for public use and adorned with pavilion of curvy splendor. Distinction rather than architectural assimilation at Zaha Hadid Architects’ Serpentine Sackler Gallery, opening up the existing listed building towards the surrounding lushness of Kensington Gardens.
Built on the ruins of the Gothic Church of St. Columba in the old center of Cologne, not far from the city’s spectacular cathedral, Swiss master architect Peter Zumthor’s Kolumba Museum stands as an equally uplifting and melancholic testament to the glorious and the bleak chapters of the city’s past.