Xclusive Ug today with our ‘Travel Diaries we look at the new modern structural buildings that wood aint a thing for only log cabins.
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.
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.
Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter
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 encased in charred-wood panels. – Photo: Jonathan Friedman
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.