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Sustainable Growth the Nordic Way
WEB MAGAZINE - September 2018

Designing Wooden Houses





Zaiga Gaile is a renowned architect based in Riga, Latvia. She dedicated her career to renovating old wooden houses that are part of the region’s cultural heritage. Zaiga believes that a house should be designed and sized based on the dimensions of the trees it will be made of. Her approach fits into a specific vision of urbanism and challenges the use of wood in multi-storey buildings and large construction work. The responsible use of wood in architecture shows great potential in Europe where concrete and aluminium have slowly taken over mainstream building work, at the expense of the environment.



 

Photo: C. S. Macpherson/Unsplash

Video: Camille Duran/Green Exchange