Flexible, adaptable, easy to transport and implement: wood appears to be the flagship material of the 21st century. Appreciated both for its durability and its aesthetics, it has been making a strong comeback in the world of architecture for a decade. Here are two projects that prove that wood has not said its last word.
As an ecological substitute for steel and concrete, wood meets the environmental challenges of our time. This is why this material is very popular today with architects who do not lack imagination to create structures that are as pleasant to look at… as they are to live in.
An atypical house, the round-shaped Circle Wood House is located in Izabelina, on the edge of the Kampinos forest; it was designed by Warsaw Mobius Architekc. The building is clad in Okoumé wood panels from West Africa. This exotic wood - elegant and discreet - perfectly integrates the object into the forest environment, which thanks to its colors and its oval shape, organically immerses itself in the natural landscape of the forest.
Nature has also shaped the nearby Wind House. The building remains open, and the individual axes of the house fall directly into the thickets of trees. Olczyk designated the wooded areas he wanted to leave untouched. Then, around them, he began to draw other sharp lines of the house, cutting up the space. This is how the concept was born, which suggests, or rather imposes, the shape of the body.
These two creations show us all the beauty of this material, capable of blending harmoniously into its environment.
So between nature and architecture, why choose?
Visuals ©: Paweł Ulatowski