by Wil­liam Hall Phaidon

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Alive with ma­te­ri­al­ity, warmth and char­ac­ter, wood has been the choice of count­less ar­chi­tects for cen­turies. Wil­liam Hall’s in­trigu­ing new vol­ume re­veals the his­tory of this medium, both as a raw ma­te­rial that is re­new­able and sus­tain­able and one that is ripe for new pro­cesses and en­gi­neered wood tech­nolo­gies.

Or­gan­ised in eight sec­tions, the book fea­tures 174 lush colour pho­tos over 224 pages. Hall, a graphic de­signer who be­gan his ca­reer in John Paw­son’s of­fice, bridges the past, present and fu­ture with this cat­a­logue of mas­ter­pieces. His se­lec­tion of in­ter­na­tional projects in­cludes: the Na­tional Assem­bly for Wales (UK, 2005) by Richard Rogers Part­ner­ship; Gwath­mey Res­i­dence, (USA, 1965) by Charles Gwath­mey;, Harbin Opera House (China, 2015) by MAD Ar­chi­tects; Le Ca­banon, Ro­que­brune-Cap-Martin (France, 1952), by Le Cor­bus­ier and Jean-Marie Tjibaou.

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.


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