Wood and Wood Joints: Building Traditions in Europe, Japan and China (4th revised edition)

Klaus Zwerger

Birkhaüser, 2023


There is a long tradition of using wood as a distinct and ecologically sound building material. Wooden architecture conveys for today’s world the breadth of knowledge held in Western and Eastern cultures about the creative use of this unique material. The typical technique of building with wood, joinery, requires that elements are connected only by the skillful interlocking of the constructive parts.
In this book, the history of wooden architecture is described in detail using hundreds of examples from Japan, China and Europe. From a holistic understanding, a picture emerges that is informative for architects, and designers, reopens an almost lost world to builders, and will enthrall laypeople.

Also available in a German edition (ISBN 978-3-0356-2479-3)
A new introduction highlights the continuing importance of traditional techniques, particularly in the age of digital manufacturing processes.
For the first time, all photos are printed in duotone
“A book for aesthetes …” (Baumeister)


ISBN: 9783035624809

340 pagina's, 680 z/w foto's & lijntekeningen, 30 x 23 cm, hardcover, Engels