Wood is described by its publisher Phaidon as a fresh, insightful and surprising look at the world's best timber architecture.
Author William Hall trained at Central Saint Martins and began his career in the office of the minimalist architect John Pawson. He now runs his own design practice in London, working with clients such as Calvin Klein, MoMA and Tate. Hall is the author of Concrete and Brick (Phaidon, 2012 and 2015).
Co-author Richard Mabey is a writer, broadcaster and naturalist and the author of some forty books, including the Whitbread Award winning biography, Gilbert White (1986), and Beechcombings: the Narratives of Trees (2007). For 20 years he was the custodian of an ancient wood in the Chilterns, South East England. Mabey currently lives in a sixteenth-century half-timbered farmhouse in Norfolk. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and a visiting fellow at Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
Featuring 170 structures from the last 1,000 years, Wood features projects from some of the world's most celebrated architects. Renzo Piano's New Caledonian Cultural Centre is found alongside projects from Tadao Ando and Peter Zumthor. The work of Le Corbusier,the architect best known for his work in concrete, is also shown: his humble Mediterranean log cabin, Le Cabanon, was his last home.
Arranged to promote comparison, the selected projects take the reader on a global tour of inspiring and intriguing structures: a Vietnamese village hall sits beside a state-of-the-art Belgian laboratory, an Italian anatomical theater alongside a luxurious Canadian sauna and an onion-domed Russian church next to a fortified Japanese castle.
Illustrated with many photographs, each project includes an extended caption providing insights on the building.
Wood is a beautiful and informative visual exploration of a natural material that harbors an extraordinary range of expression that has inspired architects for generations.
Size: 290 x 250 mm (11 3/8 x 9 7/8 in)
Pages: 224 pp
Illustrations: 174 illustrations