Woodbox in Zagreb



Dialogues, lectures and presentations of best practices focus on wood as a topic for the future when it comes to building and living in urban areas.    

Wood – building material for the cities of tomorrow

Growing cities demand intelligent, environmentally responsible building solutions. Wood can make a profound contribution towards cleaner, more energy efficient and resource conserving building practices. It is a “winning material” that protects the environment, produces oxygen and stores carbon dioxide and energy whilst growing in the forest. Unfortunately the experience, know-how and relevant conditions do not yet exist in many places to make use of the full potential of building with wood. Crucial points for expanding the use of wood are fire safety and multistoreyed buildings, or considerations regarding the effects of carbon emissions and the potential for energy efficiency. All of these topics ensure that WOODDAYS will provide a thoroughly comprehensive programme.

A focus on wood-based construction

Exchange, transferring know-how, networking Various event formats from Expert dialogues to architectural conventions offer a unique, international forum for dialogue. An intensive exchange over the course of ten days on the possibilities related to wood as a building material in urban areas awaits all of the cities that will host a WOODBOX. The goal behind WOODDAYS is to build up viable networks for the increased utilisation of wood in construction. Politics and public authorities, architecture and planning, the timber industry and building companies as well as science and research will be brought together to share experiences and perspectives on modern, urban wood-based construction and to learn from examples of best practices.  

WOODBOX is a compact, mobile exhibition that, with the help of around 50 architectural examples, shows the new potential in building with wood – ecological, sustainable and urban.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 Opening

Trg bana Josipa Jelacica

Sustainable green cities made of wood

Wednesday, 22 April 2015, 11 am to 1 pm Experts in Dialogue "Sustainable urban development with wood"

Zagreb Old Town Hall


  • Politics
    Jadranka Veselić Bruvo (sent request), City of Zagreb Office for Strategic Planning and Development
  • Timber industry
    Hans Michael Offner, Chairman, proHolz Austria
  • Architecture
    Alberto Alessi, Editor-in-Chief, materialegno
    Andrija Rusan, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Oris magazine for architecture
  • Engineering
    Marco Affolter, Lignum Schweiz, Makiol + Wiederkehr
Monday, 27 April 2015, 2 pm Workshop University "wood.building.the.future" Intervention in urban areas

Faculty of civil engineering, University of Zagreb

  • Wooden architecture in Croatia and Europe. Ivica Plavec, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Architecture
  • Material and technology in building with wood. Vlatka Rajčić, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Civil Engineering
  • Project 1 - Building in the urban area, Hotel Punkl, SL (Bruno Dujič)
  • Project 2 - Smart city, Reininghaus, Graz, AT (Nussmüller Architekten, Arch.)
Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 9.30 am Architecture Conference  “Future-oriented wood architecture in Europe”

ORIS - KUĆA ARHITEKTURE (House of Architecture), Kralja Držislava

  • Learning from wood. Intelligence and sustainability. Croatian wood construction projects (Sasa Begović, Studio 3LHD, Zagreb, HR)
  • The use of wood in the consolidation of existing structures. Renovation, conversion, quality enhancement. Via Podgora, Bologna (Giorgio Volpe, Studio Giorgio Volpe, Bologna, IT)              
  • It's the façade that makes the difference: towards zero energy buildings in new construction and renovation (Werner Nussmüller, Nussmüller Architekten ZT GmbH, Graz, AT)
  • Education not space creation. An easy way to provide multi-faceted spatial experiences. Public sector wooden structures in the urban environment. Kindergarten Ribnica (Bojan Mrežar, Arhi-tura, Ljubljana, SL)