Innovative Detail

modus architects won damiani-holz & kos invited design competition to create a new headquarters in bressanone, italy, with a concept that embodies the companys timber construction capabilities and showcases woods potential as a building material inside and out.

Innovative Detail: MoDus Architects Designs a Headquarters That Goes Beyond the Box

In Italy, MoDus Architects wraps a timber construction company’s headquarters with—what else?—wood fins.


Innovative Detail: Mark Thomas Architects Gives Visitors a Bird's Eye View of Cape Town

The Kirstenbosch Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway takes visitors up, through, and over a national botanical garden and arboretum.


Innovative Detail: Autoban Weaves a Network of Wood Finishes into Cocoons in Azerbaijan

The Istanbul-based architecture and design studio creates a wooden village to encourage wandering in a vast airport terminal.


Creating a Serpentine Roof with Wood

Diamond Schmitt Architects turns a forgettable low-rise building at Thompson Rivers University into a focal point in British Columbia.


Made in Germany by Robots

The University of Stuttgart employs robots to fabricate the shell of a pavilion about innovative construction methods.


A Tree-Filled Atrium to Inspire Patients

Farrow Partnership Architects created an indoor forest before digital fabrication came of age.


A Suspended Shading System Made from Wood

For the GSA Office Building in Albuquerque, N.M., architecture and engineering firm Page hung western red cedar slats to shade the courtyard and building interior in an elegant and efficient manner.


Detail: Glulam Timber Fins Provide Texture and Shade

The Billard Leece Partnership angled long lengths of timber to meet Australia's stringent building code requirement for sunshading.


A Curved Wooden Chapel in a Northern Square

K2S Architects realized an unorthodox form for a chapel in Helsinki with help from a team of former shipbuilders.

panels of hemlock ribs accent the walls in the school entrance. the play of light among a line of trees in a black-and-white photo of a nearby canyon inspired the abstract pattern. “we sketched out a lot of concepts for the entry,” eddy says. “in the end, everyone was most comfortable with a surface treatment that remained in character with the rest of the building.”

How to Design a Custom Timber Structure on a Tight Budget

Through creative detailing and design, Hennebery Eddy Architects crafted a facility for the Cascades Academy that complements its forested site.

workers sanded and coated the 3,000-square-foot wood surface with a melamine-based polish, a popular wood finish in india. it took an 18-person carpentry crew three months to complete the work.

A Parametric Design Made by Hand and Pencil

Sanjay Puri Architects created the dizzying interior wood finish of the Auriga restaurant in Mumbai, India, with no software, but rather a pencil tied to a stick.


Wilkinson Eyre Architects' Timber Dome Tops a Student Hub

As one of the largest grid shells in the United Kingdom, the geodesic dome over the University of Exeter's Forum supports student life and looks great on T-shirts.