Pinecone-shaped pavilion can be used for outdoor classes and campfires

Czech designers Atelier SAD and Mmcité1 collaborated on the design of this mobile gazebo, which is covered in plywood scales that lend it the appearance of a pinecone. Fittingly called Pinecone, the portable structure provides a shaded spot for public places. It is designed to be used as a place for children to play, as an outdoor

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Low-cost micro home is made from timber and scavenged materials

Invisible Studio built this mobile micro home at its woodland studio near the English city of Bath for a cost of just £20,000 thanks to the use of salvaged materials and locally grown timber.  The UK architecture office built the 40-square-metre gabled structure called Trailer out of unseasoned timber sourced the woodland surrounding its studio, as well as materials

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House-shaped windows puncture perforated-metal facades of Yokohama nursery

Japanese practice Hibinosekkei has completed a nursery in Yokohama, which features plywood-lined interiors and house-shaped openings set into its dark facades. MK-S Nursery was designed by local architecture office Hibinosekkei to accommodate a classroom for pre-school children and an after-school childcare centre within a former residential building. The project was overseen by the studio’s dedicated childcare division,

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Canal boat interiors inspire space-efficient extension to London house by Archmongers

Archmongers has extended the rear of a terraced house in Stoke Newington that features interiors lined with built-in plywood furniture to maximise the available space and a staircase made from a jigsaw of pieces. London studio Archmongers designed the closet-wing and mansard extensions for a growing family who wanted to create more space at their two-storey property

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Alvar Aalto inspired the orange blockwork fireplace in Notan Office’s Brussels roof extension

This extension to the roof of a Brussels apartment block by local studio Notan Office features a fireplace that takes its cues from the work of modernist architect and designer Alvar Aalto. The project titled Lincoln is a 140-square-metre extension of a penthouse apartment in an residential area of Brussels. Set back from the main building, the extra level is almost

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Slate-covered writer’s retreat by TRIAS sits in a Welsh valley

Reclaimed slate tiles applied like shingles to the exterior of this single-room cabin in Wales’ Snowdonia region contrast with an interior made entirely from light birch plywood. Slate Cabin was designed by Sydney-based architecture studio TRIAS as a writer’s retreat situated in a secluded valley surrounded by windswept hills and grazing pastures. An international competition

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Plywood core runs through centre of Philadelphia townhouse by ISA

American firm Interface Studio Architects has built an all-white townhouse in a gentrifying part of Philadelphia, with a plywood core running up its middle. Located in Kensington, just north of the city’s Fishtown art district, the Outside-In House is one of a growing number of revitalisation projects in the area. “After 50 years of declining population,

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HASA Architects converts derelict glasshouses into events space in Highgate

Birch plywood panels form partitions, platforms and furniture inside these greenhouses at a former garden centre in Highgate, north London, converted into an events and exhibition space by local practice HASA Architects. The six glasshouses, which terrace down the gently sloping site, once formed part of the Capital Gardens garden centre in Highgate Bowl. It was bought by

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Earthworm-inspired pavilion built in Latvia’s floodplains stages concerts and light shows

Didzis Jaunzems Architecture has built a circular pavilion for open-air music and lighting performances, designed to be reminiscent of an earthworm’s natural habitat. Nature Concert Hall is an interactive, educational multi-media event on nature and sustainable development held each year in a different location in Latvia. Every year is curated with a particular species as its “mascot” and Didzis Jaunzems

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Plywood-lined bedrooms feature in London loft conversion by Widger Architecture

Behind a charred larch exterior, this London loft extension contains a pair of plywood-lined bedrooms that double up as quiet study spaces. British studio Widger Architecture designed the extension for a first-floor flat in Walthamstow, east London. The brief was to transform the old attic floor into new living spaces, including two generously sized bedrooms. The sloping roof presented

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Tsuruta Architects designs staircase in London house from thousands of plywood pieces

Nearly 2000 pieces of plywood slot together like a puzzle in this staircase, which features in a London home that has been overhauled by local studio Tsuruta Architects. The architects were tasked with reconfiguring the layout of a seven-bedroom 20th-century house to create an open-plan living, kitchen and dining room; two bathrooms; and four bedrooms on the upper three

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10 of the most ground-breaking uses of plywood in architecture and design

To coincide with the opening of an exhibition dedicated to plywood at London’s V&A museum, we’ve rounded up 10 projects from the Dezeen archives that push the material to its limits. Plywood: Material of the Modern World charts the history of plywood from the 1850s to present day, showcasing examples of how the material has contributed to significant

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Studiomama uses sliding plywood furniture to overhaul 13-square-metre house in London

Studiomama has overhauled this tiny single-storey house in north London with built-in plywood furniture including a fold-out bed, a standing desk and extendable dining benches with pink cushions. Studiomama co-founders Nina Tolstrup and Jack Mama bought the former mini-cab office building in an auction as a challenge to make a tiny space comfortable for living. Tolstrup and Mama took pointers from the design of small caravans and

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Takashige Yamashita creates nursery with curving timber roof near Mount Fuji

A wavy plywood roof undulates above the glass-walled rooms of this nursery in Japan’s Yamanashi prefecture. Toranoko Nursery was designed by Tokyo-based Takashige Yamashita Office for a site southwest of the Japanese capital, which has a clear view towards Mount Fuji. The nursery is located at the centre of a campus providing care to the elderly,

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Skinny Rotterdam house for two architects features black brickwork and concealed windows

Dutch architects Gwendolyn Huisman and Marijn Boterman designed this skinny house in Rotterdam for themselves, incorporating hidden windows into the black brick walls and adding a large indoor hammock. The architect couple designed their three-storey SkinnyScar house to occupy a narrow gap of measuring just 3.4 metres wide and 20 metres deep between residences in an old Rotterdam neighbourhood.

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Jun Igarashi uses plywood boxes to separate studio from home for Japanese painter

A cluster of timber-clad boxes are set at varying angles to ensure optimal daylight reaches the interior of this house and artist’s studio in the Japanese town of Oasa. Architect Jun Igarashi gave the project the name Bending House because of its irregular floorplan, which twists and folds along a plot in a residential neighbourhood. Igarashi said the main reason

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Larissa Johnston arranges minimal London home around plywood box

A plywood box hosts the kitchen and staircase in this minimal maisonette in Islington, which has been reconfigured and extended by local architect Larissa Johnston. Johnston overhauled the maisonette, which occupies the lower two levels of a Victorian terrace house, for a couple and their two young children. The architect aimed to maximise the space, bring in more natural

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Colorado architecture students clad micro cabins in sheets of hot-rolled steel

Students at the University of Colorado Denver have designed and built a series of rustic dwellings for a base camp operated by an outdoor education program. Called COBS Year-Round Micro Cabins, the project consists of seven insulated dwellings, each containing 200 square feet (19 square metres) of interior space and a 100-square-foot deck (nine square metres).

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Black beachfront cabin in Canada contains expansive white interior

Living spaces are enclosed in a plywood box nested inside an expansive gabled volume in this Canadian lakeside property by La Shed Architecture. The Chalet de la Plage – or Beach Chalet – is located on the shores of a lake in the Laurentians region of Quebec. The natural retreat was built for a couple

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Bourgeois Lechasseur erects memorial on fish factory ruins in Quebec

This monument to seamen by Canadian studio Bourgeois Lechasseur Architects stands on the site of a fish processing plant that was destroyed in a fire. Called The Place des Gens de Mer, or The Square of Seafarers, the memorial is situated in the heart of Cap-aux-Meules – a village in the Magdalen Islands. Part of the Quebec

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Wooden boxes define rooms and mezzanines in Loft House by CAPD

Japanese studio CAPD has used large wooden boxes to created rooms and mezzanine floors within a house in Tokushima Prefecture (+ slideshow). The local architects designed the 92-square-metre house to look like a “big box”, giving it simple grey corrugated metal walls and a flat roof. Inside, the rectangular plan is divided up with plywood partitions to create More

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Robotically fabricated pavilion by University of Stuttgart students is based on sea-urchin shells

Researchers and students from the University of Stuttgart employed robots to mould and stitch together this laminated plywood pavilion, which is based on the anatomy of a sea urchin (+ slideshow). Made up of stitched plywood elements, the arched structure is the latest in an annual pavilion series produced under the leadership of Achim Menges, who heads up the school’s Institute for Computational More

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Hitotomori completes small house with a custom-made plywood interior

A wooden structure and hand-built joinery are left exposed throughout the interior of this compact house in Osaka Prefecture, Japan, by architecture studio Hitotomori (+ slideshow). Hitotomori collaborated with fellow studio Hane-Kenchiku-Koubou on T-intersection Fence House, which provides a home for a family of four on a site in Matsubara flanked by three other properties. In response to this hemmed-in More

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Twin micro homes by S Plus One are both finished in different woods

Architecture studio S Plus One has built a pair of matching micro homes in a Japanese village, one clad in cedar and the other clad with pine. S Plus One principal Yumiko Sakano was commissioned by the local government of Tabayama, a mountain village two-hours drive west of Tokyo, to create the pair of starter homes. The aim is to encourage More

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TDO adds boxy plywood-framed extension to old Windsor cottage

Materials and interior details are used to clearly define the old and new parts of this family home in Windsor, UK, renovated by London studio TDO (+ slideshow). TDO designed the home for a family whose children have grown up. The intention is that they live primarily in the new-build portion, then expand into the old More

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Shotgun Chameleon house in Houston is designed to help its owners off-set their mortgage

Taking influences from the vernacular houses of the southern US, this low-cost house in Houston by ZDES architects is designed to accommodate a family, but can be divided up to allow the owners to rent out private areas.  The 139-square-metre house, called Shotgun Chameleon, was conceived as a prototype that could be adapted with a variety of room configurations More

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Studio Octopi adds plywood-lined loft extension to RCA professor’s house

London office Studio Octopi has returned to a house it renovated over five years ago to add a loft extension, creating a study and a reading room connected by a perforated steel staircase (+ slideshow). While the original project involved adapting the existing space of the terraced Victorian house in Battersea, south London, this latest intervention More

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Tengbom’s completes pine cone-inspired trail centre in a Swedish nature reserve

Big pine shingles cover the curving walls of this woodland trail centre by Swedish architecture firm Tengbom, designed to mimic the form and texture of a pine cone (+ slideshow). Christofer Ödmark, an architect at Tengbom’s Gothenburg office, designed the building to replace an existing activity centre on the Fontin nature reserve in Kungälv municipality. Named Kotten, Swedish for More

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Tiny writer’s studio by Architensions provides a creative refuge in Brooklyn

Tucked away at the bottom of a Brooklyn garden, this tiny cedar-clad pavilion was designed as a retreat for a pair of writers. Brooklyn-based firm Architensions has created a minimal space with carefully placed views and plenty of natural light, designed to reduce potential distractions. The 50-square-foot (4.6 square metres) interior of the structure is made entirely […]

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MOS Architects creates modular house made entirely from corridors

Chicago Architecture Biennial 2015: New York-based studio MOS Architects has created an installation that explores the possibility of building homes using only corridor and hallway-like spaces (+ slideshow). The Corridor House is a series of plywood modules, staggered and layered to create a puzzle-like dwelling with a courtyard in the centre. Each unit is designed to resemble a […]

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Andreas Martin-Löf designs hilltop home near Stockholm with views over the treetops

Swedish architect Andreas Martin-Löf has completed a weekend retreat for himself on a steep hill overlooking the Stockholm archipelago, with eye-level views of the surrounding tree canopy (+ slideshow). Stockholm-based architect Andreas Martin-Löf designed Aspvik House as a weekend retreat for himself on land owned by his family. It sits on a steep hill in […]

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Plywood and oak rooms feature inside renovated former home of Black Beauty author Anna Sewell

Bradley Van Der Straeten Architects has created a plywood and oak residence within a Stoke Newington coach house that was once the home of Anna Sewell, the author of the Black Beauty novel. Bradley Van Der Straeten was asked to refurbish the interior of the old brick house in north London to accommodate a new two-bedroom residence. The architects designed a […]

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Fly Out House balances on a concrete wall to avoid overlooking a busy road

This timber-framed house by architect Tatsuyuki Takagi is raised up by a cantilevered concrete slab, keeping it away from a busy road in Toyohashi, Japan (+ slideshow). The cantilevered volume provides a two-storey-tall living space for the family home called Fly Out, which was designed by the Tokyo-based architect for a couple and their young […]

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Studio Gil adds stairwell extension to a Modernist home in Primrose Hill

This brick maisonette in London’s Primrose Hill has been modernised with a plywood-clad circulation tower and an elevated terrace overlooking Regent’s Park (+ slideshow). London-based practice Studio Gil was commissioned to remodel, renovate and extend the 1960s property in a conservation area of Primrose Hill. The brick maisonette was originally designed by the late British Modernist architect […]

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London architecture students design desert pavilions for Burning Man festival

Latticed and LED-illuminated climbing frames and a geometric-patterned sun seat are among the installations to be erected in the Nevada desert for the Burning Man arts festival this summer (+ slideshow). The projects are proposed by architecture students Jon Leung, Lorna Jackson and Tobias Power for Burning Man, an annual summer festival held in a five-square-mile patch of the Black Rock […]

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Scottish holiday home by WT Architecture masquerades as an old stone mill

The blackened timber walls of this family holiday home are hidden within the shell of an old stone mill in the Scottish countryside (+ slideshow). The old grain threshing mill forms part of Southside Steading, a collection of disused farm buildings that nestle into a hill overlooking a valley in the Scottish Borders. Edinburgh studio […]

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Mountain lodge by Reiulf Ramstad Architects has a V-shaped footprint that follows the terrain

This pine-clad cabin by Reiulf Ramstad Architects has two glazed gables that frame views of the Norwegian landscape and a V-shaped plan that follows the slope of the mountainous terrain (+ slideshow). Surrounded by cross-country ski tracks and hiking tracks, the 120-square-metre building is situated in the mountains above a village named Ål in Buskerud county, and is home to a family of five. Related […]
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Plywood frames create a pattern of triangles inside house extension by NOJI Architects

Irish studio NOJI Architects experimented with plywood to create the three different kinds of structure that frame this extension to a terraced house in Dublin. Named Scale of Ply, the project employs a trio of different structural frameworks, all built using plywood: a system of glue-laminated (glulam) beams, a prefabricated diagrid and a skewed lattice. […]
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Garden studio by Serge Schoemaker has a dark, rough exterior and a light-filled interior

Dutch office Serge Schoemaker Architects meticulously arranged different-sized sections of plywood that “fit together seamlessly like a jigsaw puzzle” across the interior of this angular garden studio. Bussum Garden Studio was designed by Serge Schoemaker Architects as a home office for a Dutch family with two children, which also includes storage for bikes and garden […]

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