Germany, its forests and one architect’s vision of green housing24.07.17

Wolfgang Frey taps into tradition by using his own woodland to build low-energy homes

When high-tech architect Wolfgang Frey is looking for innovation he goes back to his roots, deep in the hills of the Black Forest, in south-west Germany. Walking around the woods that his family have owned for centuries, the nimble 57-year-old treads lightly through the undergrowth and stops in a clearing where ancient beech stumps have been allowed to rot so that their remains seep into the ground to fertilise the saplings of the future.

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