Wood and Wood Joints – Building Traditions in Europe, Japan and China (Birkhäuser, 2023) by Klaus Zwerger offers in its 4th revised and expanded edition a comprehensive analysis of the beauty of timber structures and their ingenious detailing.
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 enthral laypeople.
The text is in English. The book is lavishly illustrated with black-and-white photographs, architectural drawings, and detailed technical drawings.