Exhibition “Wood in Estonian Architecture”
FUGA – Budapest Centre of Architecture
1172 Budapest, Petőfi Sándor utca 5, Hungary
01.03.2018 – 25.03.2018
An exhibition of the Estonian Forest and Wood Industries Association gives an overview of our best wooden architecture through the ages.
The most significant manifestations, types of buildings and individual buildings from the past centuries and today are highlighted.
The opening of the exhibition will take place on March 1 at 6 p.m. at the FUGA – Budapest Center of Architecture with the participation of the curator Leele Välja.
The exhibition remains open in Budapest until March 25, after that, from April 5, it will be exhibited at the Debrecen Centre for Modern and Contemporary Arts in the Estonian week programme.
Wood has been the primary building material at Estonia’s latitudes for thousands of years. Easily obtainable, quickly erectable, and more comfortable to live in than stone buildings. It was only in the 20th century that wooden architecture began to be appreciated. Until then, a few isolated stately buildings, which as a rule were built of stone, were seen as the more valuable manifestation of architectural thought. When the 20th century brought everyday architecture and the everyday environment into focus, the charms of wooden architecture were also discovered. Rapid developments and the domination of a modernist view of the world had already swept a great deal of wooden architecture into nonexistence in many countries. A considerable amount of wooden architecture has been preserved in Estonia.
The 21st century has brought a renaissance of wood and nowadays, approximately half of Estonia’s buildings are being erected in wood construction – mostly private dwellings, but more and more commercial and manufacturing buildings, apartment houses and cultural objects are also springing up. Wood has become trendy, captivating architects to try out the different possibilities of this material.
We would like to thank the Estonian Forest and Wood Industries Association and the Cultural Endowment of Estonia!