As you might have guessed, we love timber. Its strong, it’s durable and, most of all, it looks fantastic. Timber can be used to build so many things, both inside and outdoors.

But not everyone is aware that timber can be the main material for a building and is used to create both beautiful and innovative results.

With that in mind, we thought we would share some of the amazing buildings from across the world that use timber in their design in truly weird and wonderful ways.

Fogo Island Inn, Fogo Island, Canada, Saunders Architecture, 2013

This timber hotel is situated on the remote Fogo Island in Canada. Using wood as the main material, the 29-room Fogo Island Inn was designed by Saunders Architecture with the plan to turn what was a fishing community into an architectural destination.
Read more here.

Timber House, Newmarket in der Oberpfalz, Germany, Kühnlein Architektur, 2014

This private dwelling in Germany is made up of two barn-like structures, joined in the middle. Designed by Kühnlein Architektur, the exterior of the home is completely covered in untreated larch strips. The aim is that the wooden exterior will weather and fade to a silvery grey, and the clever design means the windows are completely concealed from the outside world, while still letting plenty of light in. Read more here.

Knarvik Community Church, Knarvik, Norway, Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter, 2014

Oslo-based architects Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter created this reinterpretation of the traditional Norwegian Church after winning a competition to design the 2,250-square-metre community building. Constructed with mottled pine heartwood, which comes from the centre of a branch or trunk and is known for its durability, the church is built into a rocky slope, between four fjords. Read more here.

Pocket House, London, UK, 2019

Hidden behind a timber screen, this two-bedroom house in East Dulwich was built by Nicola and Ty Tikari of architectural practice Tikari Works as their own home. Named Pocket House, the snug home was built on an 860-square-foot plot that was previously the site of a car garage. The facade of the house is covered with slatted timber, with the aim of giving privacy, whilst also letting in light. Read more here.

If you would like to find out more about what timber we supply or how you can use it in your own construction give our Bedford depot a call on 01234 844060 or our St Neots depot a call on 01480 354378.