TRADIONAL WOODEN HOUSES
In spite of the Contemporary Swiss Architecture is considered particularly innovative, we all know more about TRADIONAL WOODEN HOUSES than the recent projects by the Swiss architects Mario Botta and Herzog & de Meuron.
Traditional houses in the mountains were built by wood the ever growing material.
The traditional Square Timber Style is a very old and durable way of building a house.
You can find houses hundreds of years old that are built that way and still in good condition. Key factors are a good roof, regularly maintained, and a solid foundation that keeps the moisture from raising into the wood structure from the ground. Often a big overhang on the roof is used to protect the sides from the elements. Often there is also a big stone over the stilts to protect the wood . . . from the mice!! (thanks Patrick for this interesting note :)
Not only the structure of houses is made of wood but often also the facades of houses are richly decorated using woodcarving.