All-wood additions have become a more common sight in suburban neighborhoods, and now, they’re popping up in urban locations, too. This modern, geometric wooden extension to a house in Paris contrasts with the more historical architecture seen next door and on much of the street. BANG architects is a single-story addition topping a two-story home to create a new central living space and terrace.
“We also opted for wood as the main construction material – in pat in order to limit the weight on the existing house, but also to have great flexibility in determining the volume of the new space, and in order to reduce the environmental impact of the construction project,” say the architects.
The addition is described as a heliotrope and was designed so that the windows look out onto the terrace and onto the classic Parisian plane trees planted along the avenue rather than into the neighboring buildings. Six meters of ceiling height are illuminated by a glass roof. The whole thing is clad in thin strips of untreated pine.
Wood facades are showing up more often in modern structures, eliminating the coldness of steel and concrete. Not only does it make these buildings feel more welcoming, it’s also more sustainable.