How important is materiality to a building? Immensely!
The materials used in a project profoundly influence how we see, touch and feel about a space. They enhance the way we become connected to a place. The physical contact encourages mindfulness, focus and memory.
Architecture can’t be successful unless it sparks that conscious awareness of being connected to a place. Once a material has opened a person to the experience of architecture, it is up to the craft of construction to make it memorable.
There are many reasons why architects like to use timber. It is so environmentally friendly that it extracts carbon from the atmosphere rather than adding to it. Structures can go up at lightning speeds. It can be as strong as steel but much lighter. And with the help of technology, it is getting even more efficient and adaptable.
Along with its versatility, wood has a natural warmth and the grain gives each plank personality to combine in a whole that has a richness few other materials can emulate.
The following homes explore the opportunity timber offers to create not just great spaces in which to live but to leave a lasting impression.