Wood is usually perceived as a "traditional" material. However, the
properties of this material have now for some time made it possible to
design free shapes and highly complex structures. Today, the
wood laboratory of the EPF Lausanne, which was originally founded by
Julius Natterer, is testing the production of origami structures, ribbed
shells, fabric structures and curved panels under the guidance of
Professor Weinand using digital calculation and computer-aided
processing methods. The research results are tested in prototypes, which
demonstrate the potential applications in large-scale timber buildings.
By exploring the hitherto unused potential of wood as a construction
material, this book provides an exciting and inspiring outlook on a new
generation of timber buildings.