5 thoughts on “Russian Wooden Houses Preserved Up to Date”

  1. I have always been impressed at how Russians have made such beautiful buildings out of planks of wood.
    In addition to the houses shown here, there also are the really impressive churches that seem to just pop up in the middle of nowhere.
    I hope that this is an art that Russia maintains, and it is not lost to the ugly glass boxes we all have to endure.

    • I don’t think they’re merely planks of wood, I think you’ll find that the majority of these wooden buildings are built from interlocking beams or shaped logs,

      I wonder how much of the architecture of early pioneer America with it’s log cabins and timber houses was a technological inhertance from northern Europe and immigrants from there,

      it is actually a very organic, bio-degradable and potentially sustainable building technique so long as populations don’t grossly exceed the ability of forestry to supply sufficient lumber for building,

      the use of saw mills to create planking for building must have been a reaction to growing population and an attempt to make available lumber go further and build more structures,

      it’s undeniable that the best built ‘log cabins’ if continuously occupied and maintained can last as long as concrete structures whilst being cosier and much more visually appealling,

      in the US they’re salvaging logs/beams from derelict old timber buildings and using them to build tasteful new buildings that are in character with their surroundings,

      I imagine there’s a vast potential in Russia for the dismantling of derelict buildings for architectural salvage and the re use of these materials in building contemporay housing in the traditional style,

      I suppose there’d even be an export market for kits of timbers for the basic frame and structure of buildings.

      I do think the skills and techniques for building in this way should be preserved and kept alive, the building of structures with huge amounts of concrete is entirely dependent on access to huge amounts of energy for concrete making, transport and construction equipment,

      our future is looking increasingly energy constrained and we’ll likely have to retreat to less energy intensive technologies.

  2. Good to see these wooden buildings get the paint they deserve. So many photos in ER show rotting wood building suffering years of neglect.

  3. yes, there are many sad looking timber buildings shown but I think you’d be pleasantly suprised about how many of the individual timbers could be reused in new constructions or reconstructions.

    the main problem I’ve noticed is subsidence over time, I’m sure a lot of these buildings could be dismantled and reassembled on more solid foundations, obviously with repair and renovation as required, and the retention of many original architectural features.


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