Wood between pleasantness and perishability. Experimentations on bathing services


  • Felice Ragazzo ‘La Sapienza’ University of Rome
  • Teresa Villani ‘La Sapienza’ University of Rome




temporary facilities, wood, durability, architectural experimentation, prefabrication


Temporary buildings are usually meant for emergency situations, however, design of temporary facilities is a paradigm used also for leisure activities, such as seasonal tourism. In this context, the paper presents a design experimentation performed on small, prefabricated facilities, all wooden, intended for bathing services. The aim is twofold: showing their expressive potential and introducing innovations in components and connections, while considering the perishability of wood, with a view of reusing them. The experimentation included a design integrated with computerized production systems, and the definition of a database – digitally implementable – of components and jointing modes.


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Author Biographies

Felice Ragazzo, ‘La Sapienza’ University of Rome

President of the Wood Quality Group, he is a Designer and Adjunct Professor at the Department of Planning, Design, Architecture Technology.
E-mail: felice.ragazzo@uniroma1.it

Teresa Villani, ‘La Sapienza’ University of Rome

Architect and PhD, she is a Researcher in Architecture Technology at the PdtA department. Her field concerns tools for planning and designing renovations; in the residential and healthcare sectors, she studied in detail the relation between comfortable and safe spaces and the use of new technologies and construction systems with wood.
E-mail: teresa.villani@uniroma1.it


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How to Cite

Ragazzo, F. and Villani, T. (2018) “Wood between pleasantness and perishability. Experimentations on bathing services”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 4(online), pp. 187–194. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/4232018.



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