Annular Archive

Twenty plus years of writings on twenty first century timber.

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A few words on Annular and Annular Archive 

Twenty-one years ago, in 2000, I wrote one of my first ‘architectural’ pieces on the environmentally designed rail stations between Oslo and the city’s new international Gardemoen airport for the sustainable building and architecture magazine Building for A Future. I didn’t for a minute think this would turn into an ongoing strand of my writing work. However, over the next years I began contributing regularly to B4AF, and its successor, Green Building, including early pieces on the Weald & Downland museum gridshell in West Sussex, the Earth Centre’s space frame Solar Canopy and one of the first features on BedZED in the UK architectural press.

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Many of these pieces were focused on the emergence of wood in construction, and, as the years went by, I began contributing to other magazines and periodicals.  Around 2007 I thought it would make sense if these pieces were put up on the web and began thinking of doing so on a timber, sustainability, and architectural focused website. In 2010 Annular quietly went live, like today, primarily accessible through the Fourth Door site. It was, like today a Word Press site, though unlike today I was trying to do the web design work myself. This was a problem as the design didn’t really work, and despite being thoroughly absorbed by discussions around computers and digitalisation, I couldn’t begin to get the hang of working with them. As a result, what went up looked embarrassingly awful. So in about 2012, I pulled the site telling myself I’d return soon for an overhaul and get it into better shape. That was nine years ago. Nine years later the overhaul finally happened.

That says something about the origins of Annular and Annular Archive, which as it says on the tin is an archive of these articles written on timber and timber related architecture and design over the last decade. The idea is to grow the archive as further articles are finished, and to do so in a way which isn’t limited to only my pieces. 

The archive also includes pieces written by contributors to the early Annular, to Fourth Door Review, and to Fourth Door’s other Unstructured web-magazine. Thank you to one and all once again for your contributions

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Brave New Re-Generation

Coventry’s Herbert Gallery’s new wood-glass dia-gridshall atria is only the latest in PRS Architect’s series of pioneering engineered timber set up pieces

In Annular – feature 2009

‘A Whole Family of Schools’

Timber is at the heart of Architype’s first wave of Passivhaus schools

In Unstructured 5’s Passivhaus themed section – 2012

PV’s plus timber

FCB Studio’s timber space frame lightens the load at the Earth Centre, Doncaster

In Annular – an earlier version of this piece appeared in Building for A Future, volume 11, no 2 Spring 2002

If carpenter ants built future systems

As stand-out structure at Doncaster’s turn of the millennium Earth Centre space frame canopy showed what lightweight timber structures could do

In Fourth Door Review 6 – 2003

Learning through Lightness

White Design’s Kingsmead School. The early, and influential Cheshire primary school design illustrates just how central glulam and other timber materials were to White Design’s approach

In Annular – A version of this piece appeared in Daylight & Architecture Issue 6, autumn 2007

Sandall Magna Primary School

A mix of brick and wood inform Sarah Wigglesworth’s carefully detailed Wakefield primary school’s designText

In Detail Green 1/2011 – May 2011

The tenderness of timber

dRMM’s hardwood CLT Maggies Oldham

Part of the in-depth dRMM CLT journey themed section in Unstructured extra 9 CLT futures themed edition – 2018

Reinventing the school space

dRMM’s Kingsdale School CLT sports and musical hall, along with its earlier Geodesic experiment, helped propel timber into the broader naughties architectural conversation

In Annular. A version of this piece originally appeared in Green Buildings volume 17. no 2. 2007

Murray Grove

At the birth rites of tall timber: WaughThistleton’s Stadthaus set the tall timber agenda rolling

Architectural Journal 08.05.2008 – a building review feature

Bere Essentials

Bere Architects Passivhaus evangalism spills over into timber

In Unstructured 5’s Passivhaus themed section

LILAC Cohousing in Bramley, Leeds

One of White Design’s most ambitious efforts yet at their ModCell straw, lime and glulam timber green approach

In Architecture Todayfeature, April 2015

The Cult of the Gridshell

The wave of gridshells across Britain by WilkinsonEyre, Glen Howells, Edward Cullinan Architects, and others, illustrates how the singular structural form has been embraced by UK architects and engineers 

Feature for Detail Green May 2013

Hackney, CLT capital of London

How the North London borough has become the urban centre for CLT and engineered timber

In Zuschnitt 59/September 2015 –  German language version here

Wood if you Could

CLT comes of age with WaughThistleton and dRMM 

In Blueprint 356 – Jan/Feb 2018

Whitehorse Pegasus Academy, South London

A south London primary school gets the rebuild, relaunch showcase treatment from Hayhurst & Co

In Zuschnitt 66 – German language version here

How Massive Wood Came to Britain

The story of how a few mission driven sustainability architects, engineers and left field timber folk propelled CLT into the UK’s construction sector

In Detail Green 2011.1 Spring

dRMM and their ‘way sexier’ CLT story

By making CLT synonymous with their studio image, London’s dRMM have become the UK’s foremost 21st timber studio

Part of the in-depth dRMM CLT journey themed section – In Unstructured extra 9 CLT futures themed edition – 2018

Why timber towers don’t cut it

dRMM head honcho’s Alex de Rijke’s argument with tall timber

Part of the in-depth dRMM CLT journey themed section – In Unstructured extra 9 CLT futures themed edition – 2018

The avant-timber provocateurs

Unstructured extra’s in-depth dRMM CLT journey themed section

In Unstructured extra 9 CLT futures themed edition – 2018

2020 Vision

Andrew Lawrence, head of timber engineering at Arup on where CLT is going

In Unstructured extra 9 CLT futures themed edition – 2018

Pop Goes the Wastewood

dRMM’s Woodblock House for and with artist Richard Woods brings the artist’s re-use ethic of upcycling and painting waste-wood into the built environment

Return of the Cruck-Frame: Homegrown and Re-invented:

The revival of the age-old cruck-frame in two projects, Alec French Architects Sheepdrove Biodiversity Centre and Ben Law’s Prickly Nutwood, reflects a spectrum of what’s possible

In Unstructured 3

The embrace of timber: a new age in office building design

Timber office design at Neals Yard Remedies, Gillingham, Dorset and the Eden Project, Cornwall

Annular – A version of this piece first appeared in Building for A Future, Vol 16, no 1

Hands-On learning revives a forgotten timber classic

Wynstones School builds its own Belfast Truss for its new hall

Annular – A version of this piece originally appeared in Green Building magazine, Vol 17, no 2

Eden turns to timber  – Hewn from the forest of Eden

The Core, Cornwall’s Eden Project new Education Resource Centre is a timber showcase

Annular – A version of this piece appeared in Building for a Future vol 15, no 3 winter 2005/6

Hackney – Improbable World Centre of Urban Timber

Behind the rise of rise of London’s leading timber hub

In Unstructured extra 9 CLT futures themed edition – 2018

Studio in the Woods

TextDocumenting the 2012 design & make workshop –  Photo-essay by Ioana MarinescuText

In Unstructured 5

The AECB’s long march to Passivhaus

A history of the AECB from its craft inflected and natural materials beginnings to its mainstreaming championing of Passivhaus

In Unstructured 5’s Passivhaus themed section

Environmental Exchanges

Peter Clegg on the Richard Feilden Foundation and FCB Studio’s Humanitarian architecture work

In Fourth Door Review 9 – themed Ground Up Architecture themed edition – (this article is not available in Annular Archive)

Generation Game

Arts & Crafts era FeildenClegg’s inspiration for new young studio generation

In Blueprint June 2017

Architype West’s Herefordshire Rural Studio

Profile feature on Architype West’s studio building  

In Architectural Journal Nov 27 2007

Into the Tree Dreamhouse: The Architecture Ensemble’s Forest House

Steve Johnson writes about re-envisioning the tree house for the future forest

In Fourth Door Review 2/3– 1998 (this article is not available in Annular Archive)

Gridshelter

Nic Pople writes about Edward Cullinan Architect’s Weald & Downland Open Air Museum Gridshell

In Fourth Door Review 5 2001 (this article is not available in Annular Archive)

Gridshelter Futures III – Growing Flimwell’s Woodland Enterprise Centre’s modular ribbed shell

FeildenClegg’s adapted ribbed-shell highlighted the local weald wood, chestnut, spurring local its uptake as construction material across the South East of England

In Unstructured 2 – 2007  (a version of this piece appeared in Building For A Futuremagazine, Autumn 2001, Volume 11, no 2.)

Gridshelter Futures II: the Weald & Downland Museum gridshell

The first Gridshell to be completed since Frei Otto’s first Mannheim 1974 Multihalle building, in the aftermath of the opening in 2001, the Downland gridshell became a cult building and its architects, Edward Cullinan Architects, best-known project

In Unstructured 2 – 2007 – (a version of this piece was published in  Building for A Future Vol  11, no 1, Summer 2001)

Into the Mystic

Stroud’s Christian Community Chapel is, according Nic Pople, the projects architect the first CLT Monocoque building

In Unstructured extra 9 CLT futures themed edition – 2018

Carpentry comes back

On life support only three decades ago, timber and oak framing carpentry has blossomed again in the intervening decades thanks to pioneers like Carpenter Oak & Woodland, Green Oak Carpentry and others.

A version of this article was originally published in Resurgencein May/June 2005 issue, no 230

A leaf lined gridshell

Glenn Howell’s Savill Garden turns gridshells into something slick

A version of this piece was first published in Building For A Future Vol 16, Winter 2006/7

Sweet Chestnut creates a contemporary design aesthetic

Baker-BrownMckay’s use of Sweet Chestnut cladding makes its sustainable point

Stealth Sustainability

Baker-BrownMcKay’s Sustainable Design’s camouflage their projects in an ecologically-hued modernism

Gridshelter Futures I: A prehistory to the Sussex gridshells

The history of Gridshell structures in the latter half of the 20th century demonstrates its unusual and singular past.

In Unstructured 2 – 2004

Into phase 2 – Flimwell moves on

Douglas fir Cruck-Frame Offices replace Sweet Chestnut at the Woodland Enterprise Centre

A version of this piece first appeared in Green Building, Volume 17 no 3, Winter 2007

Farewell to the local saw-mill

The disappearance of part of the traditional timber fabric – by John Russell

In Fourth Door Review 8 – 2009 – (this article is not available in Annular Archive

The Sweetest Timber

Sweet Chestnut as a building material by David Saunders

In Unstructured 5 – 2012 – Rewilding the Structural, Reweaving the Sculptural – Shells/Scales/Baskets/Weaves Sussex Gridshells ten years themed edition

Cluster – Anne Marie ‘O Sullivan’s art-shell basketry experiments with sweet chestnut timber

Fabrica, Brighton 2012 exhibition marking the Sussex Gridshell’s the tenth anniversary. This exhibition was conceived and first developed by Fourth Door Research

In Unstructured 5 – 2012 – Rewilding the Structural, Reweaving the Sculptural – Shells/Scales/Baskets/Weaves Sussex Gridshells ten years themed edition

Shorne Wood’s Sweet Chestnut cruck frame

Kent Nature visitor centre uses the prolific regional species, Sweet Chestnut, for cladding and its glulam cruck frame

A version of this piece originally appeared in Green Building, Volume 17 no 3, Winter 2007

After Weald & Downland: the next chapter in Cullinan Architects timber path

Edinburgh’s Inverleith Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre floating diagonal grid lamella canopy was the result of a  long journey by Cullinan’s to realise this timber shell structure

In Unstructured 5 – 2012 – Rewilding the Structural, Reweaving the Sculptural – Shells/Scales/Baskets/Weaves Sussex Gridshells ten years on feature

Another story: The Weald & Downland gridshell ten years on

Steve Johnson, project architect at Cullinan’s Architects on his six year journey making Britain’s first gridshell building

In Unstructured 5 – 2012 – Rewilding the Structural, Reweaving the Sculptural – Shells/Scales/Baskets/Weaves Sussex Gridshells ten years on feature

EcoTech revisited: WWF’s One Planet Centre

Erstwhile high tech studio Hopkins Architects diagrid eco-office headquarters for the World Wildlife Foundation

For Detail Green2. 2014 November

Art Barn 

FCB Studios completion of the Art & Design Building illustrates the changes in sustainable architecture two decades after their Olivier Theatre rewrote oak framing’s rules

In Architecture Today– Feb 2017

Ten years on in photos

Weald & Downland gridshell photo-essay by Katherine Rose

In Unstructured 5 – 2012 – Rewilding the Structural, Reweaving the Sculptural – Shells/Scales/Baskets/Weaves Sussex Gridshells ten years on feature

Hastings Pier and sea-front

Photo-Essay by George Sinclair

In Unstructured extra 9 CLT futures themed edition – 2018

Diving for Pearls

The battle for the People’s Pier and dRMM’s part in Hasting’s regeneration aspirations

In Unstructured extra 9 CLT futures themed edition – 2018

Crafted to Complement

TextCLT and 21st century Arts & Crafts, Adam Richards Ditchling Arts & Crafts Museum, DugganMorris Alfriston Swimming Pool, FeildenFowles and Roz Barr ArchitectsText

In Unstructured extra 9 CLT futures themed edition – 2018

The elemental modernism of Nova Scotia’s Brian MacKay-Lyons

Feature on the Canadian architect who takes a homegrown Maritime aesthetics to make his Plain Modern architecture

In Blueprint 249 – December 2006

The Dreamlife of Trees

Trees for Life and Reforesting Scotland are part of a wider homegrown reforestation movement, symbolised by the return of the Caledonian Forest

In Fourth Door Review 4 – 2000 (this article is not available in Annular Archive)

WaughThistleton move on

Broadening the timber palette with their Lewes Road student housing, Brighton project

In Unstructured extra 9 CLT futures themed edition – 2018

Return of the Forests

Wood research in Scotland, Napier University’s Centre for Timber Engineering, Reforesting Scotland and Malcolm Chrisp and Charles Gulland’s roundwood experiments

In Annular – part 3 of a series on the return of timber to Scottish building and architectural culture –A version of this piece appeared in Building for a Future vol 16 no 2, Winter/Spring, 2006-7

ECOSpace at Lauder College, Fife

After the Scottish Parliament Building RMJM’s timber education continues

In Annular – part 1 of a series on the return of timber to Scottish building and architectural culture –A version of this piece appeared in Building for a Future vol 16 no 2, Winter/Spring, 2006-7


Timber and the new Highlands regionalism

Dualchas, Neil Sutherland, Gaia Group, Gokay Devici, and Bernard Planterose’s projects breathing new life into a contemporary Highlands architecture

In Annular –  part 2 a series on the return of timber to Scottish building and architectural culture – A version of this piece appeared in Building for a Future vol 16 no 2, Winter/Spring, 2006-7

All in the frame: the twenty-first century timber office

Crafted from Douglas fir Page\Park’s Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park Headquarters is Scotland’s largest new timber frame building

In Annular – A version of this piece appeared in Green Building magazine, spring 2008 (vol 17, no 4.) – A shorter building profile was also published in the Architects’ Journal (12th June 2008) pdf

Designing the Future Forest

How Scotland’s future forestry can green building with native trees, by Bernard Planterose

Originally one of the essays for the Building Biographies exhibition, curated by Oliver Lowenstein and The Lighthouse, Glasgow 2008/9

The Tenderness of Wood

Page\Park Architects and Carpenter Oak & Woodland rework timber for their Inverness Maggies Centre

In Fourth Door Review 7 – 2005 – A Design with Care piece (this article is not available in Annular Archive)

Gehry@Maggies Dundee

Frank Gehry interview on his Maggies Centre building

In Fourth Door Review 7 – 2005 – A Design with Care piece (this article is not available in Annular Archive)

Scottish Independence

Glasgow’s NORD reinvent Highlands Vernacular

In Blueprint 313 – April 2012

Shades of Green: A cultural history of Sitka Spruce by Ruth Tittensor

Book review by Bernard Planterose

In Unstructured 9

Bio-Base for Biodiversity

Astrid Boisselet on GuineePoitin Architecte’s Beautour Biodiversity Centre

In Super-Thatch: (this article is not available in Annular Archive)

Renegade Starchitect

Shigeru Ban interview feature – on the Metz Pompidou Centre, Frei Otto, timber, cardboard and weak materials

In Fourth Door Review 9 – 2016 (this article is not available in Annular Archive)

Dutch Moment, Dutch Mountain

CLT and timber in brickcentric Holland featuring Tom Frantzen, Studio Marco Vermeulen, KorteknieStuhlmacher Architecten, MohnBouman Architecten + others

Petzinka Pink’s parabolic timber hybrid

Frankfurt practice revive the timber lamella for their North Rhine Westphalia State Offices in Berlin

In Annular – an earlier version was for the Canadian magazine Wood Building and Wood Designalthough it wasn’t in the end published

The Rise of the Robots

Achim Menges and Stuttgart’s ICD, Gramazio/Kohler and Hooke Park’s Woodchip Barn

In Blueprint347 – July/August 2016 – PDF

X-Box – SauerbrauchHutton’s Woodie

Prefabricated Modular Design underlines the Berlin’s studio’s timber take up

In Unstructured extra 9 CLT futures themed edition – 2018

Timber Engines for Growth

Julius Natterer, head of Lausanne’s I-Bois, on his Brettstapel experiments and the Hannover Expo-Deck

Feature interview in Fourth Door Review 7 – 2005 (this article is not available in Annular Archive)

Bridges of Thin Air

Leading Swiss and Graubünden engineer Jurg Conzett on his ViaMala and other timber bridges

In Fourth Door Review 8 – 2009 – themed Graubünden/Vorarlberg tale of two regions edition (this article is not available in Annular Archive)

The Enigma of Peter Zumthor

An in-depth interview with Graubünden’s anti-starchitect

In Fourth Door Review 8 – 2009 – themed Graubünden/Vorarlberg tale of two regions edition (this article is not available in Annular Archive)

Flims Water Way mountain trail

Graubünden engineer Jurg Conzett designs seven bridges along the Water Way

In Architecture Today – Jan 2014

Graubünden’s new generation of Alpine architects come of age

Timber projects by GujanPally, Isippi/Kurath, and Michael Hemmi/ Michele Vassella

In Blueprint 332 – Jan/Feb 2014

Theatre of Folded Dreams

Research feature on EPFL Lausanne I-bois’s folded plate geometry Vidy theatre building

In Unstructured extra 9 CLT futures themed edition – 2018

Kaufmann Country

Vorarlberg’s timber clan, including Hermann and Johannes Kaufmann

In Fourth Door Review 8 – 2009 – Graubünden/Vorarlberg tale of two regions themed edition (this article is not available in Annular Archive)

What Vorarlberg did next

Vorarlberg’s architectural new generation – Marte.Marte, CukrowiczNachbaur, Bernardo Bader and others, including a focus on timber, craft, and vernacular

In Unstructured 4– 2010

Bus:Stop

The small-scale bus shelter project in Krumbach, Bregenzerwald, matched international architects with local craftspeople

In Blueprint346 -2016

X-Box – Woodie comes to Hamburg

Pre-Fabricated modular design takes the next step with SauerbrauchHutton’s Woodie projectby Kerstin Kuhnekath

In Unstructured extra 9 CLT futures themed edition – 2018

Graz’s Professor CLT – Gerhard Schickhofer interview

In Unstructured extra 9 CLT futures themed edition – 2018

Gerhard Schickhofer was guest speaker at Fourth Door 2018 Root & Branch natural materials all-day event in London. His presentation is here.

CLT@Scale – Tall-timber across Central Europe

In Unstructured extra 9 CLT futures themed edition – 2018

New timber architecture in Vorarlberg

In EcoTech 29 – 2012 June

Of forests and factories

The Styrian Murau Valley source of CLT

In Unstructured extra 9 CLT futures themed edition – 2018

Dorte Mandrup

In a country wedded to concrete and brick Dorte Mandrup’s series of wood based experiments stand out

In Blueprint363 – March 2019

Växjö: Sweden’s tall timber town

Second in a two-part taller timber series looked at the Southern Swedish of Växjö, which has led the Nordic world’s drive for building up

In Green Building Magazine– Autumn 2009, Vol 19, 2

White in Green: Kristianstad’s Vattenriket Naturum

At the time the latest addition to Sweden’s Naturum network of nature centres, by the studio which has dominated the building programme White Arkitekter

In EcoTech 27 – Nov 2011

Rubrik’s Cube

Umea School of Architecture –  HenningLassen design of a brand new campus for Sweden’s first new architecture school in 44 years. Timber is shown off across the campuses Mondrianesque facades, but it’s from Siberia rather than Sweden

In Architectural ReviewAugust 2012

From Bubbles to Shells

Wood Studio student Ville Hara designed and built the Nordic world’s first gridshell, the Bubble, for Helsinki school

In Annular – 2005

Joensuu’s METLA Forest Research centre

The arrival of Metla’s new timber office showcase in 2004 for the Forest Research headquarter in eastern Karelia marked the beginnings of a step change in Finland towards larger scale timber projects

In Annular – 2005

In Finland Eco-Villages grow up

New housing, eco-villages and eco districts have begun to emerge in Finland during the millennium years. Eko-Viikki is a contemporary large scale, suburban eco-village in the Helsinki suburbs, while the cross-country Wood Town movement which began in the northern city of Oulu, has since been spreading across other cities and towns

In Unstructured 3– 2007

Helsinki’s cool Wood  School

Pekka Heikkenen on Aalto University’s Wood Program, Europe’s oldest Design & Make  

In Unstructured extra 6 2013Unfinished revolution – new Finnish timber architecture themed edition and Fourth Door Review 8

Koe Smoke Sauna

Class of 2011/12, Wood Program student Ksenia Rakovskya, looks back on a year in the studio and the forest

In Unstructured extra 6 2013Unfinished revolution – new Finnish timber architecture themed edition

Piiri’s progress

Wood Program’s Piiri Modular House in pictures – Photo Essay

In Unstructured extra 6 2013Unfinished revolution – new Finnish timber architecture themed edition

What to make of all this making

Long term team member Philip Tidwell on Wood Program’s staying power

In Unstructured extra 6 – 2013Unfinished revolution – new Finnish timber architecture themed edition

Program in the Woods

Aalto University’s pioneering Wood Program – special overview feature

In Unstructured extra – 6 2013Unfinished revolution – new Finnish timber architecture themed edition

Sámi sitelines

Lapland’s Sajos Sámi cultural centre in the Northern Finnish town of Inari has put both its designers, Oulu’s Halo Architects, and the Northern Sami cultural community on the map – by Lauri Louekari

In Unstructured extra 6 2012Unfinished revolution – new Finnish timber architecture themed edition

Haltia’s algorithmic interior nature environment 

Digital architect Markus Wikar describes the design and programming required for Haltia’s wooden shell-structure, Sotkanmuna

In Unstructured extra 6 – 2013Unfinished revolution – new Finnish timber architecture themed edition

Authentica: A Nordic Gridshell first

Lassila-Hirvalammi’s ‘almost a gridshell’ church in Jyvåskylå, Finland

In Unstructured extra 6 – 2013 – part of the Unfinished revolution – new timber architecture from Finland’s forest culture

Finland, laboratory to a timber-build future?

Travelogue piece written in the aftermath of journeying across Finland and Sweden during February 2002, exploring Finnish wood culture, and how the Nordic forests could provide a Boreal basis for a resurgence of pan-European timber culture

Unpublished

Buildings In Motion

Arne Henrikson brings timber and sustainability to Oslo’s rail station network

In Unstructured 5 – 2005
An earlier version was published in Building for A Future magazine, Vol 10, No 3, Winter 2000/2001

Between a rock and hard place: Helen & Hard’s Mountain Lodge

Preskesteilen, (Pulpit mountain path) a highlight from the City of Culture’s Norwegian Wood programme, provides Helen & Hard with their first timber showcase.

In Annular –  Norwegian Woodfeature section – 2009

Living Architecture’s Dune House

JarmundVignaes Arkitekter on the Suffolk coast

In Arkitektur N – 04 2011

Helen & Hard’s Vennesla Library, Norway

Building review feature in Architecture Today – April 2012

Helen & Hard: Stavanger’s Timber Expressionists

In Blueprint 324 Profile feature – March 2013

Trondheim’s vernacular waterfront warehouse tradition

One of Trondheim’s most distinctive historical vernacular building types, Eileen Garmann Johnsen writes on one of the oldest, Kjøpmannsgata 27, the subject of her research and preservation project

In Unstructured extra 8 – Trondheim and North West coast themed edition – 2017

Super-traditional – an interview with boat-builder Jan Godal

Jan Godal, Norway’s pre-eminent traditional wood construction luminary in conversation with Martin Beverfjord about the future of vernacular and folk building in Norway

In Unstructured extra 8 – Trondheim and North West coast themed edition – 2017

Living and working the High Norwegian Coast Line

Australian architect Andrew Devine reflects on a season in the high north building Fleinvær, a cultural and arts retreat, designed by TYIN Tegnestue and Sami Rintala

In Unstructured extra 8 – Trondheim and North West coast themed edition – 2017

An evening redness

Rever og Drage’s Martin Beverfjord reflects on the work and connections to More og Romsdal, the mid-western coastal county region to Trondelag’s south and the cult studio’s back country

In Unstructured extra 8 – Trondheim and North West coast themed edition – 2017

Sami Rintala – North of the World

Profile of the Rintala-Egertsson studio founder, live projects pioneer and Finnish émigré to Bodø, and the Norwegian High North

In Unstructured extra 8 – Trondheim and North West coast themed edition – 2017

Stavneblokka

Turning wastewood into upcycled timber brick’s  – by Anne Sigrid Norby

In Unstructured extra 8 – Trondheim and North West coast themed edition – 2017

Time for place and people

From student projects onward, Rallar Arkitekter’s Elliv Andreas Myren Ribe recounts the young studio’s journey so far

In Unstructured extra 8 – Trondheim and North West coast themed edition – 2017

Nordic Rhythms

Tipi Arkitekter turn to Yakimatsubayashi wood charring for their Årtidshus – by Nina Haarsaker

In Unstructured extra 8 – Trondheim and North West coast themed edition – 2017

Looking Behind the white wall

Trondheim architect, August Schmidt, on his Shingle House project

In Unstructured extra 8 – Trondheim and North West coast themed edition – 2017

Sonic Youth meets Massive Wood

Brendeland & Kristoffersen’s Svartlamoen avant-timber affordable housing block, plus what came next for the Trondheim studio

In Unstructured extra 8 – Trondheim and North West coast themed edition – 2017

Self Build Svartlamoen style

nøysom arkitekter’s Haakon Haanes on their co-creative self-build project

In Unstructured extra 8  – Trondheim and North West coast themed edition – 2017

Svartlamoen’s ragged glory

Where alt: culture meets avant timber culture

In Unstructured extra 8 – Trondheim and North West coast themed edition – 2017

Norwegian Wood, Smart Deco and the Tree of Knowledge –  Helen & Hard

Stavanger’s Helen & Hard’s hybrid engineered timber brew draws 21st century expressionism into a forested path towards a new sustainable architecture

In Unstructured extra 9 CLT futures themed edition – 2018

Stavanger: Norway’s oil city of wood

Norwegian Wood, billed as the Nordic world’s most ambitious timber showcase, but after the dust settled, what did Stavanger’s 2008 European City of Culture Wood City programme actually achieve?

Annular 2009 – Norwegian Wood feature

Trondheim Built

NTNU and Trondheim’s regional sustainable building and research culture, including Zero Energy Lab, Future Built and Passivhaus controversies

In Unstructured extra 8 2017 – Trondheim and North West coast themed edition

Going Massive: Norwegian massive wood

A prehistory to Norway’s CLT and other massive timber panel systems take-up

In Annular –  Norwegian Woodfeature section – 2009

Rock City

Overview of the Trondheim’s young self-starting architecture scene

In Blueprint 346 May/June 2016

Way out West – Norway’s wild North West Atlantic coast architectural and building scene

Unstructured extra themed edition covering timber architecture and sustainability in Trondheim and Norwegian Atlantic Coast architect, featuring Brendeland & Kristofferson, Rallar, Rever og Drega Sami Rintala, TYIN Tegnestue, master boat-builder, Jan Godal, Stavneblokka re-used timber bricks, and Trondheim’s vernacular wharf warehouses. And much else.

Iceland’s forests: back from millennial oblivion

Iceland is replanting forests at an unprecedented rate, as part of the Northern Atlantic island’s attempts to counter Climate Change

Annular Unstructured 10

A Timberbuild Renaissance for Europe

In-depth feature on the Nordic countries (including Finland) turn to timber architecture and massive forest reserves could make real inroads into Europe’s combined building sector energy and carbon emissions

In Fourth Door Review 6 (this article is not available in Annular Archive)

Towering Impact

Timber High Rise across Europe; WaughThistleton in London, dRMM and Helen & Hard in Stavanger and Klingbeil + Kaden in Berlin

In Green Building Magazine– Summer 2009, Vol 19, 1

Timber Towers

Timber high rise across Europe, featuring Vorarlberg’s Hermann Kaufmann

In Blueprint315 – June 2012

The Rise of the Robots

ETH Zurich’s Gramazio/Kohler, Stuttgart’sAchim Menges/ICD and Hooke Park’s Woodchip Barn

In Blueprint347 – July/August 2016 – PDF

Where is CLT Going?

Taking Stock of CLT on the cusp of going global

In Unstructured extra 9 CLT futures themed edition – 2018