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Lakkala, M., & Pihlajaniemi, J. (2018). Architectonic Quality of Industrial Log Architecture in the Scope of Tectonics – Learning from Architectural Competitions. Architecture and Urban Planning, 14(1), 46–54.

Architectonic quality of industrial log architecture in the scope of tectonics : learning from architectural competitions

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Author: Lakkala, Matti1; Pihlajaniemi, Janne1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: De Gruyter, 2018
Publish Date: 2019-12-23


Log is a highly topical building material. Despite the current potential of log, large-scale log buildings of high architectonic quality are rare. By increasing understanding of the architectonic quality of industrial log building, the quality of future log buildings can be enhanced. Our research data is based on the outcomes of two recent architectural competitions and interviews related to these. Methodology combines semi-structured interviews with research by design. The results describe, in the scope of tectonics, architectonic features that are essential for architectonic quality of a log building and are revealing of log structures, acknowledging the preconditions of log in the design, and making secondary design solutions characteristic for log. The results are coherent with ideals of tectonic theory.

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Series: Architecture and urban planning
ISSN: 1691-4333
ISSN-E: 2255-8764
ISSN-L: 1691-4333
Volume: 14
Issue: 1
Pages: 46 - 54
DOI: 10.2478/aup-2018-0006
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 211 Architecture
Funding: This paper is part of the research conducted in the Modern Log City project, which is a three-year research project realized between years 2016 and 2019 in the Oulu School of Architecture, University of Oulu. The project is funded by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the log house manufacturers of Northern Ostrobothnia.
Copyright information: © 2018 Matti Lakkala, Janne Pihlajaniemi. This is an open access article licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (, in the manner agreed with Sciendo.