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Great floors shape space. Read in different ways, they encourage a slower pace by inviting us to take a second look. Usually covering a single interior surface, floors can also extend to walls or ceilings to form continuous environments. These “folded floors” explore continuity and fluidity to encourage movement or to capture a new perspective. Often tied to program, they challenge traditional construction by opening spaces to new circulation.
The following collection draws together 10 wooden floors that are folded or continuous. They respond to diverse climates and interior conditions across seven countries and four continents. While they share a common language, each design’s material connection, fabrication and directionality create a unique identity. As sculpted and hybrid wood projects, they show how beautiful multidimensional flooring can steal the spotlight.
Located in Midtown Manhattan, Pandora’s Media Offices connect multiple floors through a shared central space. Beams, columns and floors were all stripped down to reveal their natural state, while the heavily grained wood floor was extended into a grand feature stair.
Built in 1878, the original structure of the Gaudin House was converted while keeping its rudimentary barn character. Overlooking exceptional views of the Alps, the project includes soft and warm interior surfacing made with larch.
As a sculpted, sensual space, Grotto Sauna is a free-standing structure built to respect its context. Inspired by the idea of a cave, the project was made with curved wooden forms that create a continuous interior.
Overlooking Knarvik’s cultural landscape and local town center, this new community church was built along a heath hillside landscape. As a community landmark, the building was designed to be both inclusive and inviting where all interior surfaces share a common material.
Combining a library, café, meeting places and administrative areas, the Vennesla Library connects an existing community house and learning center. A rib concept was chosen to form a hybrid structure where timber construction connects technical devices, flooring and the interior.
Taking advantage of the surrounding landscape, the Boisset House Transformation created a comfortable and contemporary holiday home from the existing structure. Inside, surfaces were clad with larch panels to provide insulation and offer comfort from the elements.
Designed as an innovative and practical shelter within an extreme alpine climate, this project was inspired by Slovenia’s architectural heritage. Addressing its harsh conditions among the Kamnik Alps, the shelter replaces a 50-year-old bivouac with three connected modules and a continuous wood interior.
Made as a small wooden factory in Tama, this workshop used laminated timber to form the project’s structure. Wood was sourced onsite, while the project was also built by local carpenters for regional processing and construction.
Built in the second half of the 19th century, this existing barn was abandoned. Renovating the original structure by creating a new internal skin inside the envelope, the conversion features oak panels that contrast the stone and original wood.
StudioMK27’s Cultura Bookstore includes an open mezzanine surrounded by books that encircle the space. The wood floor and lining extend to an interior stair that runs the width of the project to suggest fluidity and spatial continuity.
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