Mark A-to-Z: T is for Timber

Hostal Ritoque by Alejandro Soffia and Gabriel Rudolphy
Photo and lead image Juan Durán Sierralta

PLAYA DE RITOQUE – Between the Chilean city of Valparaíso and the smaller town of Quintero lies Playa de Ritoque, a summertime attraction for its enormous sand dunes and surfer-friendly waters. It’s here, at the beach’s northern edge, that Santiago-based architects Alejandro Soffia and Gabriel Rudolphy have designed Hostal Ritoque, a low-cost lodging for tourists. Its units are simple and modest – not that the client didn’t have high expectations.


Social Housing by Comte Vollenweider
Photo Milène Sevelle

MOUANS-SARTOUX – Located in a medieval town in the south-eastern corner of France, a social housing complex by Comte Vollenweider, brings a contemporary edge to the historic area. The Nice-based firm perceived a collection of building’s assembled to provide not only residential housing and courtyard gardens but also retail and social areas to be used by the wider community.


Mountain Hut by Peter Pichler and Pavol Mikolajcak

Photo Oskar Dariz / Jens Rüßmann

BOLZANO – Milan-based firm Peter Pichler Architecture and local architect Pavol Mikolajcak have designed a restaurant and lounge for visitors to the Obereggen ski resort at an altitude 2000 m, deep in the Italian Dolomites. The project – a mountain hut that cantilevers over the steep terrain of the slopes – was commissioned as a winning competition entry as recently as 2015 and completed in December 2016.


Pyramidenkogel Observation Tower by Markus Klaura and Dietmar Kaden

Photo Rubner Holzbau

CARINTHIA – Austrian architects Markus Klaura and Dietmar Kaden completed the world’s highest observation tower, which can be found in Carinthia, Austria. Located at the top of the 850-m-high Pyramidenkogel mountain in southern Austria, this project directly tackles the tower typology as it explores the morphological and tectonic potentials inherent to an innovative use of timber.


Market Hall by Ameller, Dubois et Associés

Photo Guillaume Grasset

PARIS – The Parisian suburb of Marly-le-Roi once hosted several notable feats of ingenuity, each possessing a common end of absurd luxury. The Château de Marly was Louis XIV’s retreat from nearby Château de Versailles. The ‘Machine de Marly’, regarded as the most advanced hydraulic system of the seventeenth century, served only to supply Versailles’ vast, ornate fountain system.

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