The conceptual design changes triggered by timber boards

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After the introduction of timber boards as diaphragms in light-frame construction opened the way to modern timber construction, three major design changes would follow: the elements become multifunctional, they can work structurally in two directions, and they can be prefabricated as surface components in a non modular way. In other words, the multifunctional panel becomes the design unit of modern timber architecture. This work looks at various types of composite timber panels with a view to show the evidence of typological and tectonic changes caused by the new design unit.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-56
Number of pages8
JournalDesign Principles and Practices: An International Journal - Annual Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • Light frame construction
  • timber boards
  • optimised section panel
  • timber architecture


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