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wood house

wood house



Stefano Boeri Architetti


Milan, Italy


2008 - on hold


Agnoletto SRL


Residential, social housing


1.076 sqm


Chiara Quinzii (Coordinator)
Cristina Drapic
Corrado Longa
Davide Rapp

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:

  1. it is optimal for suturing of small urban areas and unused urban areas, which could be used to revive a social housing offer;
  2. allows to combine different typologies of users (students, families with housing shortages, young couples, etc. ..), avoiding the creation of ghettos;
  3. the micro-living modules allow the involvement of future users in the choice of the layout of the apartment;
  4. the extensive use of wood makes it possible to activate a whole production chain (initially designed for Milan and for the Milan area) that moves a complex system of small and medium-sized companies.
  5. provides an environmental compensation protocol (tree planting), which can activate a zero-waste production and energy consumption cycle (biomass derived from forest thinning, inter-row products, proximity production, etc.).