Archinect - News 2015-11-29T03:51:59-05:00 Hello Wood's "Project Village" shifts architectural focus from urban to rural Julia Ingalls 2015-10-07T13:41:00-04:00 >2015-10-23T21:14:50-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What is a village? More importantly, how rapidly can one be formed? The 150 academics, students and practicing architects participating in Project Village set out to answer these questions by constructing an entire community in a week, including a stage, a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pub</a>, and a residential building.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Because the team, led by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hello Wood</a>, was assembled from a group of multi-national participants, there was no pre-existing notion of one national architectural heritage. The resulting installations therefore reflected&nbsp;a globalized 21st century cultural context within&nbsp;the sparse infrastructure of a rural setting, and correspondingly referenced issues such as private property, immigration, and multi-faith communities.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Project Village, which debuted in&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hungary</a>, is the first stage of a three year process. According to a press release, "During the first phase the creators have established a Village that&rsquo;s primarily focusing on engaging with communities, generating social interactions and testing it as a ...</p> Hello Wood to give 5,000 pieces of Christmas Charity Tree firewood to Budapest community Justine Testado 2014-12-22T19:48:00-05:00 >2014-12-23T00:50:24-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Getting caught up in holiday madness has become so normal that it's easy to forget that the holidays can act as a reminder that caring for each other -- no matter how simple the act -- can go a long way. Architecture firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hello Wood</a>, who built the 11-meter Christmas tree <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">made out of 365 sleighs</a> last year, recently built another Christmas tree installation in Budapest called the Charity Tree.</p><p>This time around, Hello Wood worked with Design Terminal and the Hungarian Interchurch Aid to construct the 11-meter Charity Tree, which was built in 5 days from 5,000 pieces of firewood that weigh 150 quintals (or about 30,000 lbs.).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Visitors can also walk inside the tree to find a chapel-like interior space. At night, the tree glows with lighting effects by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Philips Hungary</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>After the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6, all the wood used to make the installation will be given to local families in need. The Charity Tree addresses the issue of the many Hungarian families lacking daily heating during...</p> Hello Wood uses 365 sleighs to build an 11-meter Christmas tree in Budapest Justine Testado 2013-12-11T14:10:00-05:00 >2013-12-16T23:54:08-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="720" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The holiday season is in full swing &mdash; or sleigh, in this case. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hello Wood</a>, an architecture and design studio, built an 11-meter tall Christmas tree in one week using 365 sleighs in front of the Palace of Arts in Budapest. (Watch the video below.)</p> <p> After Christmas, the temporary structure will be dismantled and the sleighs will be given to the kids living in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOS Children&rsquo;s Village</a> homes in Hungary.<br><br> Here are the project details:<br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> "Visitors can step in and have a look at the construction from the inside. The base is made of steel, it weights 4.5 tons, so the construction is perfectly safe from the heavy winds of winter. The four stems of the installation hold 325 kilograms each.</p> <p> First, the carpenters of Hello Wood made the 10.5 meters tall wooden frame, which was brought to the scene, where it was put together with the help of a crane and the use of welding techniques."</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> "Then came the alpinists of Hello Wood, who were working on the installation for four consecutive days...</p>