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8 Buildings that Incorporate Wood Cladding and Kinetic Facades

As architects develop new techniques and methods in design, buildings become more advantageous for us to live in or use. Among the recent handy innovations, in the field of architecture, are Kinetic facades. Operable facades with wood cladding improve conditions inside a building in addition to highlighting the features of the wood alignment. They provide various privacy levels as well as give elegance and warmth to the building. Also, Check how to design an architectural elevation?

Buildings with Wood Cladding and Kinetic Facades:

1) Badehaus Am Kaiserstrand (Lang + Schwarzler architectural firm, Am Kaiserstrand, Austria)

Courtesy of Lang + Schwärzler

Courtesy of Lang + Schwärzler

The bathhouse has views of the Bregenz Bay and Pfaender Mountain. The house stands on piers and has timber cladding to maximize the views of the Lake Constance.

2) Recreation House (Zecc Architecten, Utrecht, Netherlands)

Courtesy of Zecc Architecten

Courtesy of Zecc Architecten

This vacation house, which was originally a garden house, has windows with timber shutters. The slats and the fins of the façade rotate to either completely shut the windows or open them.

3) Elysium Lot 170 (Richard Kirk Architect, Sunshine Coast, Australia)

Courtesy of Richard Kirk Architect

Courtesy of Richard Kirk Architect

The residential project covers most of the land allowed for a building. It’s exterior features wood cladding which allows nice weather and breeze to get into the house.

4) Boat’s house (MHM architects, Seeboden, Austria)

The boathouse resides at Millstatter Lake, and it has a folding facade system. The system allows the residents to get in and out of the house easily.

Courtesy of MHM architects

Courtesy of MHM architects

5) Quinta dos Pombais (OPERA – DesignMatters architectural firm, Castelo de Vide, Portugal)

Courtesy of OPERA DesignMatters

Courtesy of OPERA DesignMatters

The residence is built to view the landscape around it. Also, it can tolerate the climate of Portugal through its kinetic cladding.

6) Castle Rock House (Herbst Architects, Northland, New Zealand)

This vacation house overlooks the sea, and it resembles a kiwi bach. It was created to dissolve the boundaries between the landscape and built-structure.

Courtesy of Herbst Architects

Courtesy of Herbst Architects

7) Wood Innovation and Design Centre (MGA – Michael Green Architecture, Prince George, Canada)

Photography by © Ema Peter

Photography by © Ema Peter

The dynamic façade was incorporated into the building as an aesthetic feature in addition to displaying the great capabilities of wood in taller buildings. The wood was used to construct structural elements in the building, like beams, glulam (glued laminated timber) columns, and walls.

8) Community Church Knarvik (Reiulf Ramstad Architects, Knarvik, Norway)

Photography: Hundven-Clements

Photography: Hundven-Clements

The pinewood cladding of the community church building contributes to the homogeneity of its exterior. The building has varied elevations with different window alignments and shutters to let in the daylight as well as offer shade.

9) The Grove House (Arba, Veneux-les-Sablons, France)

Photography: Hervé Abbadie

The roof of this private house is made of wooden panels, reintroducing the traditional roof with a timber twist. The stick panels extend below to envelop the upper floor as well.

10) The House in Miramar (e|348 arquitectura, Miramar, Portugal)

Photography: José Campos

Photography: José Campos

The house has wooden shutters which permit the residents to be in charge of the interior temperature of the house. Moreover, they give the needed privacy for the owners. The lower story is separated from the outside by gliding transparent doors while the upper one is equipped with a wooden-shutter arrangement.

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