We do not often see buildings made of wood in England. Homes and businesses are mainly brick and concrete. However, throughout the world, there are some quite remarkable structures made using the best materials of nature. Here are a few examples of the impressive wooden buildings of the world:
Wood Innovation Centre, Canada
Clearly, there’s plenty of timber in Canada. Here, the lumber industry loves to demonstrate its expertise and so built a building of 8 floors to act as a Wood Innovation and Design Centre in Prince George, British Columbia. It is used by the University of Northern British Columbia for its wood courses and was constructed using laminated veneer lumber and an interior covered entirely in wood.
Tall Wood Building, Canada
Another example in Canada is a student residence on the campus of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. More than 400 students will stay here over 18 floors, meaning it can boast being the tallest timber building on earth. It is 174 feet high and has five wooden panels on each floor. It does include an amount of exterior metal panelling for added strength, but it remains a very inspiring timber structure. Does this talk of timber make you want your own wooden structure? Find out more about having an Oak Framed Garage at https://www.timberpride.co.uk/oak-garages/
Kizhi Pogost Church, Russia
It boasts being the highest structure in the world to be made exclusively of wood. This structure rises to 123 feet and is found on Kizhi Island, Russia. This church was completed in 1862 and does not use any metal, even in frame and rivets, although steel framing was applied during the 1980s. It features 22 domes and vaults, standing for 150 years with no support other than wood.
Horyu Temple, Japan
The temple is the oldest wooden building that still survives in the world, dating back to over 1,300 years ago. It is a Buddhist temple that was built around a statue which includes a pagoda of five storeys high. It’s so enchanting that it has become the first World Heritage Site in Japan and across the grounds there are more than 2,300 important historical structures.
ATLAS-I, New Mexico
ATLAS-I is the name given to the ‘US Air Force Weapons Lab Transmission Aircraft Simulator’ in New Mexico, USA. It also has become one of the largest wooden buildings on the planet, sitting at the Kirtland Base and was originally used in the 1980s to test the impact of nuclear explosions, particularly electromagnetic pulses. The experiments could not have metal present and so a structure of 12 floors and 1000-foot-long was constructed entirely from wood for this purpose.