Timber framing

building technique, construction method using heavy squared-off and carefully fitted and joined timbers

Timber framing (German: Holzfachwerk) is a way to build buildings. Timbers are the structure of the building and fit together like a skeleton. Sometimes the timbers can be seen from the outside. This is called half-timbered. The spaces between the timbers are filled with brick, plaster, wattle or daub. These spaces are often for decoration. Germany is famous for half-timbered buildings.[1] There are also such buildings across Europe and in North America and Japan.[2] The building method is over a thousand years old and has many styles.

Half-timbered buildings in Dornstetten, Germany
Rue du Gros-Horloge in Rouen, France, a city with half-timbered buildings
  1. "Have You Heard of the German Half-Timbered House Road?". Outlook Traveller. Retrieved 2022-07-21.
  2. Cochran, Brice (2017-05-28). "The History of Timber Framing Around the World". Timber Frame HQ. Retrieved 2022-07-21.