The Dezeen guide to wood in architecture, interiors and design

Thinking of using timber in your architecture or design project? Our guide to 15 of the most popular types of wood and wood products has links to hundreds of examples for inspiration.

a large building: Wood architecture guide

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Wood architecture guide

a large brick building with grass and trees: Ashen Cabin by Hannah

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Ashen Cabin by Hannah


Ash is a deciduous hardwood that produces a beautiful pale timber with a grain similar to oak. Versatile, shock-resistant and with no odour, it is widely used for furniture and objects.

Architect R2 Studio used solid ash to create a staircase with a perforated plywood bannister in a London domestic extension while Hannah clad an off-grid cabin in upstate New York with infested ash wood (above.)

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a large brick building with grass in front of a house: Amairis by Ruta 4

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Amairis by Ruta 4


Bamboo is a type of grass rather than a tree but its fast-growing canes are widely used in architecture and design both in their natural state and processed into wood-like lumber and fibres.

Bamboo canes are used for the structure, walls and doors of this clothing factory in Colombia by Ruta 4 (above), while designer David Trubridge has reissued his Cloud lighting collection using bamboo strips instead of plastic.

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Finnish Co-op Opposite Sunset Park With Wood Floors, Renovated Kitchen Asks $595K

This nicely proportioned one-bedroom across the street from Sunset Park has some prewar touches and a renovated kitchen and bath. Its location at 574 44th Street puts it in the Sunset Park North Historic District, one of the four historic districts in the neighborhood designated in 2019.

The apartment is on the third floor of the walk-up building, which boasts an intricately patterned brick facade and was constructed in 1914 to designs by architectural firm Eisenla and Carlson. The partners also designed three neighboring buildings, all of tapestry brick. While the building was not originally constructed as a Finnish co-op, it was converted to one after being purchased in 1922 by the Pleasant View Association.

This unit doesn’t appear to have a park view, but what it does have is a nice stretch of windows across the living and dining rooms. The rooms, which have a generously sized opening in between them, also boast wood floors with inlaid borders, crown molding and painted window trim.

Doors separate both rooms from the hallway that runs through the unit; they are glass-paned French doors in the living room. If a formal dining room is not needed, the smaller of the two rooms

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