Wooden

  • Two years ago, maker Ritsert Mans embarked on a nature-inspired motorbike building adventure that would result in a wood-framed beach racer fueled by microalgae oil supplied by Peter Mooij. A work in progress, much of the bike is fashioned from wood – including the frame, handlebars and swingarms.
  • Kengo Kuma's firm has unveiled an interesting design for an art museum in Turkey that's based on interlocking wooden boxes. Though it's still just a concept at present, we hope the Odunpazari Modern Art Museum does indeed go ahead, as it has the potential to become something special.
  • Large-scale timber architecture is increasingly popular lately, and with projects like The Wave, it's easy to see why. Attractive, sustainable, and impressively efficient, the new sports hall is another reminder of how engineered wood is revolutionizing sustainable construction.
  • Martin Molin of the Swedish band Wintergatan is working on a new version of his mesmerizing mechanical wonder, the Musical Marble Machine, with a view to taking it on stage, and has shared a video documenting the design and build of the upgraded bass guitar component.​
  • Learning to make music should be fun. It should also be easy. Traditional instruments like guitar and piano can be tough for youngsters, but composing and performing on the Musicon is as simple as pushing a button. Well, maybe more than one.
  • A team of Philadelphia University freshmen were recently tasked with creating a visual showpiece machine based on a painting which incorporated da Vincian thought processes. They built a cranked machine where sections of a topographical map are slowly raised when the handle is turned.
  • Patch22 offers a persuasive argument for the use of wood in tall building construction. Located in Amsterdam, the wooden high rise ticks all the right boxes: inviting, sustainable and above all flexible, its easily-changed interiors even allow residents to put their bathtubs on the balconies.
  • Russia's famous Trans-Siberian Railway links Moscow to the country's huge eastern areas and serves as a gateway to China, Mongolia, and North Korea. Those making the journey will soon have the option of taking a pitstop in some odd-looking ​new wooden cabins designed by UK firm Kamvari Architects.
  • What is claimed to be the largest "mass timber" building in the US and the country's first major wooden multi-story building in more than 100 years has opened in Minneapolis. T3, which stands for "Timber, Technology, Transit," provides 224,000 sq ft (22,000 sq m) of office and retail space.
  • Forest Green Rovers may only play in the 5th tier of the UK's soccer pyramid, but the team will soon have facilities up there with the very best. It has appointed Zaha Hadid Architects to construct a low-carbon stadium made almost entirely of sustainably-sourced wood.
  • Decades before the age of megatall skyscrapers, Chicago was home to the world's tallest skyscraper with the Willis Tower​. However, if Perkins+Will's new project comes to fruition, the city may look forward to getting back in the record books with the world's tallest timber skyscraper.
  • Brock Commons is not your average student residence. Rising to a height of 53 m (174 ft) above the campus of the University of British Columbia in Canada,​ it's the world's tallest wooden residential tower – and it recently topped out several months ahead of schedule.