7 Fascinating Wood Houses Around the World

Architecture and Design
August 28, 2023
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

The assumption that wood houses are not made to last is simply that: an assumption—and an incorrect one at that. The oldest wood building in the world is Japan’s Hōryū-ji pagoda, which has a cypress structure that is now more than 1,300 years old. In Norway, there is at least one wood house that researchers believe dates back to 1170 while another in Switzerland was built in 1176. And countless half-timbered houses based on a timber-rod structure are well over 400 years old. …Wood offers a whole range of advantages for climate-friendly architecture. Most notably, its net CO₂ output is significantly lower than that of many other building materials. …When a wood house reaches the end of its life, it has the advantage of being more easily recycled than steel or concrete.

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