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Matti Lakkala, Janne Pihlajaniemi, Tectonics and architectonic quality in recently published Finnish log architecture: Corresponding architects’ perceptions, Frontiers of Architectural Research, Volume 10, Issue 4, 2021, Pages 741-757, ISSN 2095-2635,

Tectonics and architectonic quality in recently published Finnish log architecture : corresponding architects’ perceptions

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Author: Lakkala, Matti1; Pihlajaniemi, Janne1
Organizations: 1Oulu School of Architecture, University of Oulu, Oulu, 90570, Finland
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Language: English
Published: Elsevier, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-12-09


Due to the global increase in wood construction, it is crucial for architects to understand wood. In Finland, log building, a special subset of industrially manufactured massive timber construction materials is experiencing a renaissance. Cultural aspects combined with newer technical developments make log a complex material from the viewpoint of architectonic expression. To inform practicing architects, the aim of this study is to explore how the tectonics of logs contribute to the architectonic quality of log architecture. Semi-structured interviews among architects of twelve recently published log buildings are conducted. The results describe how architectonic quality is perceived among participants, and features of logs related to tectonics that they consider to be of importance in terms of architectonic quality. These features include the statics of log construction and log’s nature as a simultaneously insulating, load-bearing and visual material. Differences between industrial and hand-hewn logs, as well as other architectural aspects of using logs in contemporary architecture are discussed. Especially the “non-settling” log was perceived to have manifold implications for the architectonic possibilities of log architecture. The results are of practical importance to designing architects and the log industry. Theoretical implications include tangible information on architectonic quality and tectonics of log building.

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Series: Frontiers of architectural research
ISSN: 2095-2635
ISSN-E: 2095-2643
ISSN-L: 2095-2635
Volume: 10
Issue: 4
Pages: 741 - 757
DOI: 10.1016/j.foar.2021.07.005
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 211 Architecture
Funding: This research was mainly conducted within a working grant from the Finnish Cultural Foundation received by the main author.
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