A Lake Cottage in Bolsover, Ontario, Canada by UUfie / photographed by Naho Kubota.
Words from the architects:
Lake Cottage is a reinterpretation of living in a tree house where nature is an integral part of the building. In a forest of birch and spruce trees along the Kawartha Lakes, the cottage is designed as a two storey, multi-uses space for a large family. The structure, composed of a 7m high A-frame pitch roof covered in black steel and charred cedar siding. A deep cut in the building volume creates a cantilever overhang for a protected outdoor terrace with mirrors to further give the illusion of the building containing the forest inside.
Fourteen openings in the main living space reveal both inhabited spaces, skies and trees. The abstract nature of the interior spaces allows the imagination to flow, and those spaces that could be identified as a domestic interior can suddenly become play spaces. A solid timber staircase leads to a loft which gives the feeling of ascending into tree canopies as sunlight softy falls on a wall covered in shingles stained in light blue.
Using local materials and traditional construction methods, the cottage incorporated sustainable principles. The black wood cladding of the exterior is a technique of charring cedar that acts as a natural agent against termite and fire. Thick walls and roof provide high insulation value, a central wood hearth provides heat, deep recessed windows and operable skylights provide ventilation and diffused natural light.
Wandering in the Woods, photography art by ‘Oer-Wout‘
Meet ‘Ike’ and ‘Stella’ two sculptural wood tables by woodworking and furniture design student Nucharin Wangphongsawasd from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Ike is an ash Hallway table inspired by repetitive pattern construct by using the mixing between hardwood and wooden strips to represent a progression in form start from solid close space to open space which provide light and airy feeling for the overall table.
Stella is an ash and wanut side table inspired by repetitive pattern construct by using the mixing between hardwood and wooden strips with technique using wedge to create tension between each strip for creating a structure which start from solid close space to open space. (via design-milk)
‘Nihilistic Optimistic‘ – art exhibition featuring shadow sculptures built from discarded wood from London based artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster. Their statement:
“Tim Noble and Sue Webster take ordinary things including rubbish, to make assemblages and then point light to create projected shadows which show a great likeness to something identifiable including self-portraits. The art of projection is emblematic of transformative art. The process of transformation, from discarded waste, scrap metal or even taxidermy creatures to a recognizable image, echoes the idea of ‘perceptual psychology’ a form of evaluation used for psychological patients. Noble and Webster are familiar with this process and how people evaluate abstract forms. Throughout their careers they have played with the idea of how humans perceive abstract images and define them with meaning. The result is surprising and powerful as it redefines how abstract forms can transform into figurative ones.”
‘Sketching with a band saw’ is how artist James McNabb describes his design process when he works on his fantastic sculptures. These are painfully carved out architectural skylines made from recycled scrap timber, consisting of a large from and the individually cut and detailed buildings. /// for more of his work, visit his website
Wood installation by Henrique Oliveira
Parametric Wood Architecture / ICD/ITKE Institute for Computational Design
Chitaly Furniture Family by Stefano Pugliese
Woods of Net by Tezuka Architects / photographs by Abel Erazo
TImber Roof of the Welsh Assembly by British architect Richard Rogers
“A Path in the Forest” by architect Tetsuo Kondo built as a temporary architecture installation in Kadriorg Park near Tallinn, Estonia.