Swedish architecture exhibits intriguing examples of houses and objects of all scales made purely of wood. The wood industry is actively engaged in developing solid wood architecture and a Nordic research project has resulted in approved solutions for apartment blocks that meet fire safety standards. Using prefabricated glulam elements, daintily proportioned beams are built that can span large widths, facilitating more liberal floor plan solutions.
Before nails and screws, buildings were constructed using the dovetail technique, where the wood was held together with various kinds of ingenious joinery. Such professional know-how lives on and drives the creation and development of new all-wood products. Today’s architects evaluate these old designs and reinterpret them into modern architectural prototypes.