Xclusive Ug today with our ‘Travel Diaries we look at the new modern structural buildings that wood aint a thing for only log cabins.

The Chicago studio by Gang

The Chicago studio by Gang


Chicago firm Studio Gang (led by 2014 AD Innovator Jeanne Gang) lent its eco-conscious talents to a new home for the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, at Kalamazoo College, in Michigan, which opened this fall to resounding praise. Cordwood masonry on the Y-shaped center’s façades provides a note of visual intrigue and rustic charm, all while helping capture more carbon than was emitted in the building process.
A detail of the cordwood masonry and porthole-like windows that distinguish the Arcus Center’s façade.

Clean - lined gem of a modern home

Clean – lined gem of a modern home


Sixteen massive wood piles support this clean-lined gem of a home (called Northwest Harbor) in East Hampton, New York, designed by Sag Harbor–based Bates Masi Architects. Rising six feet above sea level, the 1,900-square-foot, one-story residence accommodates a carport and ample outdoor space despite a tight footprint.

Ramstad Arkitekter

Community Church of Knarvik

Community Church of Knarvik


This conceived the Community Church of Knarvik, a strikingly angular chapel situated some 45 miles west of the city of Bergen in Hordaland, Norway. Built for religious services and to host local arts and music events, the pre-weathered-pine–clad house of worship features a dramatically pointed pyramidal steeple. – Photo: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter


The Rough - hewn exterior is one of a kind

The Rough – hewn exterior is one of a kind


The rough-hewn exterior is encased in charred-wood panels. – Photo: Jonathan Friedman


Mont - Tremblant National park - Quebec

Mont – Tremblant National park – Quebec


Timber and mirrored surfaces combine to dynamic effect at this new visitor center for Mont-Tremblant National Park in Quebec, designed by Montreal’s Smith Vigeant Architects. Sited on a forested parcel, the hub welcomes guests with educational programming and offers views into the surrounding parkland.


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