Structural

ON A SHOESTRING

Placed like an abstract careened vessel

This is a classic case of an award-winning timber structure that would not have happened without the architect’s pro bono intervention.


ROBOTIC FABRICATION

Technical advance inspired by a sea urchin

This exclusive report looks at a German research project taking robotic fabrication of wood products in architecture to a new level.


GREAT CRAFTSMANSHIP

Sheltering under an upturned boat

New swimming pool-based features for an exclusive London club touched out the competition in the 2012 UK Wood Awards.


A FREE-FORM GRIDSHELL

The University of Exeter’s new Forum building features what is claimed to be the UK’s first truly free-form timber gridshell roof system.


A CONJOINED COMPLEX

Timeless Englishness in a co-located complex

Three award-winning buildings in one evoking a sense of timeless ‘Englishness’.


NEW ARCHITECTURAL SYSTEMS

Pioneering high-capacity screwed connections

The Hook Park Assembly Workshop is a 500 m2 structure designed by students of the UK Architectural Association’s new Design & Make master’s course.


TIMBER BLOCKAGE

Old standards hinder new technology for Christchurch

The Christchurch rebuild should be the ideal value-added opportunity to showcase and promote New Zealand engineered timber to the world. But it’s not.


THE LITTORAL BAROMETER

Noting changes between nature and the man-made

The Exbury Egg is a floating wooden workspace built in the UK for a live-in artist and a unique study of the ‘littoral’.


PARABOLIC ARCHES

Australian hardwoods and the famous wartime ‘igloos’

Wartime brought major changes to timber construction technology in Australia, particularly in the days following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.


DAMAGE CONTROL DESIGN

New Zealand creative arts college really ‘rocks’

The recently completed College of Creative Arts building for Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand had to perform many functions – including the ability to ‘rock’.


SHIP IN A BOTTLE

A ‘thicket’ of laminated timber columns

The Gold Award in the recently announced UK Wood Awards really is a work of art that touches the spirit.


CELEBRATING A CULTURE

The LeMay Museum in Tacoma, Washington is a place of dual beauty – featuring a soaring wood moment frame and a priceless collection of gleaming classic cars.


Exceptional Acoustics

An interpretive extension of tradition

The acoustics in both foyer and hall are exceptional, despite their cavernous volumes, and the venue is sometimes used for recitals.