Author(s): William Hall
In the footsteps of the acclaimed Concrete and Brick, a fresh look at one of the world's most versatile building materials
A fascinating, visually rich collection, Wood explores the beauty of this versatile material through 170 structures from the last 1,000 years. Organized into themes such as Texture, Juxtaposition, and Light, this inspiring and informative resource highlights the material's range and unique qualities, pairing engaging text with stunning photographs of cabins, churches, monuments, cultural spaces, and other projects from some of the world's leading architects, including Le Corbusier, Renzo Piano, and Greene & Greene. Also included are equally striking and memorable projects by such contemporary architects as Peter Zumthor, Sou Fujimoto and Snøhetta.
"Visually stunning celebration of one of the world's best timber architecture, showcasing a spectacular selection of wooden structures from the last 1,000 years."-CreativeBoom.com "Extraordinary wooden buildings from the last 1,000 years."-The Daily Telegraph "Innovative architects all over the world are taking advantage of the new possibilities of wood... Wood showcases some of the world's most beautiful and ambitious wooden architecture."-Christie's "Takes the reader on a tour of some the globe's most fascinating structures... Will work wonders for armchair aesthetes who appreciate a good view."-Rake's Progress "In addition to gorgeous photography (this is a Phaidon book, after all) you get insightful commentary about each of the structures and an essay by Richard Mabey that explores the relationship between wood and architecture. This hardcover tome... will make a great addition to your coffee table book collection."-Cool Material "[A]n original look at one of the most versatile and storied building materials on earth."-Uncrate "Takes you on a visual tour of timber architecture... with 174 stunning images."-Werd "A visceral and sensual delight, with the most exquisite photography of the most interesting and beautiful timber buildings from all eras."-Piers Taylor, Architect and presenter of the BBC series 'The World's Most Extraordinary Homes' "...Pays homage to this natural wonder's enduring appeal."-Architectural Digest Online "A beautiful new coffee table book features 170 dramatic examples of great wooden architecture."-GQ Online "A fresh look at the world's most versatile building material."-I "Hall [...] bridges the past, present and future with this catalogue of masterpieces... An exceptional bonus is the essay by highly acclaimed writer and naturalist Richard Mabey, which brings depth, historical detail and philosophical insight to the relationship between buildings and trees. Tapping the imagination and the spirit of ingenuity, this compelling new volume is a must-have for architects, urban planners and designers."-Identity (Dubai) "Excellent."-Esquire "Fascinating."-Homes & Gardens "Spectacularly documented... Wood presents buildings of unexpected versatility and variety."-ELLE Decor "Will have you looking at wood in a new light."-Singapore Tatler Homes
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). 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 twenty 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.