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    Gothic architecture, like York Minster:



    Sometimes neo-Gothic, too, like Basilique Sainte-Clotilde de Paris:

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    Timber framing traces its beginnings to somewhere between 500 and 100 B.C. Both Egyptians and Romans used timbers to construct the roof systems of public and private buildings. But it’s not only the tradition that's strong: these structures are built to last. There are countless examples of timber frame houses, churches and other buildings around the world that still standing hundreds of years later.

    Heavy timber frames have a higher fire tolerance than stick-framed houses because the low thermal conductivity and charring that occurs on the outside of the timber insulates the unburned wood beneath.
    Timber frames can absorb the impact and flex of seismic conditions up to Uniform Building Code (UBC) Zone 4. Zone 4 designates those regions located nearest to active earthquake faults and poses the greatest seismic hazard in the U.S.
    Additionally, the winds from hurricanes and tornados that often destroy homes do not affect timber frames nearly as much. The joinery used to hold the timbers together moves with a storm and gives the structure some flexibility when it is rocked, thereby keeping the home secure and together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gareth Lee Hunter View Post
    Timber framing traces its beginnings to somewhere between 500 and 100 B.C. Both Egyptians and Romans used timbers to construct the roof systems of public and private buildings. But it’s not only the tradition that's strong: these structures are built to last. There are countless examples of timber frame houses, churches and other buildings around the world that still standing hundreds of years later.

    Heavy timber frames have a higher fire tolerance than stick-framed houses because the low thermal conductivity and charring that occurs on the outside of the timber insulates the unburned wood beneath.
    Timber frames can absorb the impact and flex of seismic conditions up to Uniform Building Code (UBC) Zone 4. Zone 4 designates those regions located nearest to active earthquake faults and poses the greatest seismic hazard in the U.S.
    Additionally, the winds from hurricanes and tornados that often destroy homes do not affect timber frames nearly as much. The joinery used to hold the timbers together moves with a storm and gives the structure some flexibility when it is rocked, thereby keeping the home secure and together.

    https://www.nahb.org/en/consumers/ho...ame-homes.aspx
    Yes of course Gareth, that's why they are all blown over in a hurricane because they are built just of wood. If people are going to be silly enough to live in Hurricane Alley they should build houses of stone or brick. Common sense really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wuotans Krieger View Post
    Yes of course Gareth, that's why they are all blown over in a hurricane because they are built just of wood. If people are going to be silly enough to live in Hurricane Alley they should build houses of stone or brick. Common sense really.
    That 'common sense' is diluted by the fact you live in area that does not know that kind of weather. So you might think that why, do they not just build them with lets say a steel frame.



    Does not seem to fare very well. And same goes for building made from brick or stone. They might seems more sturdy and therefore 'common sense' of those outside hurricane zones will say they are more able to withstand hurricanes, but that does not mean that it is actually so.

    Something that would have been revealed to you if you bothered to check it. Which would also have taught you that most homes that where damaged in recent hurricanes where most building that where not up to the level demanded by the latest building safety codes. And those where mostly old homes or mobile homes not build with the latest construction techniques in regards too hurricane resistance in mind.
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    In 1995 I build a log home in California in the high desert at an altitude of 5,000 feet. I sold it last year. I moved to the state of Oregon. I regret it now. It was a real sturdy home.
    Take a virtual tour. Most furnishings were gone already. https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=FGzkQNCe7p5&brand=0,

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    Quote Originally Posted by schwab View Post
    In 1995 I build a log home in California in the high desert at an altitude of 5,000 feet. I sold it last year. I moved to the state of Oregon. I regret it now. I was a real sturdy home.
    Take a virtual tour. Most furnishings were gone already. https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=FGzkQNCe7p5&brand=0,
    Wow! It looks so spacious and airy, yet still cozy.
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    Very nice home.
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    Honestly I like all of them except what passes for modern architecture.
    Modern architecture has no soul. The architecture of the past
    was as much art and culture as anything else.

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    I am partial to traditional Scandinavian timber constructions, particularly those from early medieval Norway, and especially the log houses.











    The last building, called 'Vindlausloftet' has been dendro-chronologically dated to 1167, and most likely built within a couple of years later, making it the oldest log house building in Norway, and possibly the oldest profane wooden building in the World that is still standing.

    The second last building was built in the late 13th century, and is still a beauty to watch.

    Norway also has a quite unique tradition for stave churches, as well, most of them built between the 12th century and the 14th century. It is believed to have been over one thousand stave churches in Norway up until the Reformation, but today, only 28 are left standing.








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    As for more modern city architecture, I quite like Art Nouveau/Jugend. There's a city on the Norwegian west coast, called Ålesund, which had most of its city center decimated in a large outbreak of fire in 1904. This was the golden era of the Jugend style, so they decided to rebuild just about everything in this vein. I've never been there in person, but from the pictures I've seen it looks very "holistic" and elegant. The city has also been crowned "Norway's most beautiful" on numerous occasions.









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