The heft and feel of a well-worn handle,
The sight of shavings that curl from a blade;
The logs in the wood pile, the sentiment of huge beams in an old-fashioned house;
The smell of fresh cut timber and the pungent fragrance of burning leaves;
The crackle of kindling and the hiss of burning logs.
Abundant to all the needs of man, how poor the world would be
Without wood.

Everard Hinrichs, quoted by Eric Sloane in A Reverence for Wood


Saturday, February 19, 2011

Great Designs in Wood (2) - Helsinki Bay Hotel Design

The Finns have a great heritage of wood utilization. For centuries, Finland has been known as the "woodbasket of Europe". I had the opportunity back in 2007 to visit the country to learn about their utilization of wood for bioenergy; you can see some of my observations of that trip at this old blog posting of mine.

Besides recognizing the value of wood for energy, they work wood into their building design almost everywhere. Here are some great shots of a "hotel" structure that was built in the bay at Helsinki as part of a design competition. It's rustic yet beautiful at the same time...can it get any better than that?


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