Stefano Boeri Architetti
2008 - on hold
Residential, social housing
Chiara Quinzii (Coordinator)
The Wood House project was born from the idea of facing lower density social housing through the exploitation of the entire cycle of wood production. The models for the Wood House are prefabricated by local firms and assembled with wood panels, derived from maintenance work on the forests around the mountain areas of the Alps and those alongside rivers. The flexibility of the prefabricated modules for the Wood House means that their size and shape can be adapted to the user’s needs. Wood House has very low production costs (under 1,200 euro per sqm) and charges low rents, in order to help families with lower spending possibilities and those with special needs.
The coordination between the construction of a house and the growth of forests works on different time scales, which can be smoothed out using integrated management processes. Active management of the wood allows the reuse of ‘wasted’ wood. Controlled cutting down of trees, replanting and the selection of areas for regrowth also open up possibilities for energy production and for sustainable processes of environmental compensation.
The Wood House project consists of prefabricated wooden housing modules with 5 distinctive characteristics compared to many other low-cost building projects: