Latest Issue : Timber in Architecture Supplement
Published alongside the October issue of ADF magazine is the annual Timber in Architecture Supplement. The enduring – and resurgent – popularity of timber can be attributed to it being sustainable, healthy, beautiful, endlessly forgiving and flexible for building with.
In the supplement three projects have been highlighted: Veolia’s Leeds energy-from-waste facility (architect: S’pace); Sky’s flagship HQ building (concept architect: AL_A, interior design & executing architect: PLP Architecture); and two new Aberdeenshire schools featuring extensive use of a hybrid glulam and CLT system and a ‘kit of parts’ approach to creating flexible learning spaces.
Lending their comments to the issue are Frank Werling of Metsä Wood, who examines the possibilities of using timber to help solve the housing crisis in major UK cities, and Alex de Rijke of drMM, who says that while architects are exploiting the possibilities of timber to build tall, this should not reinforce a view of towers as the answer to urban density.
Additional features see Havwoods explain the benefits of engineered timber over solid timber for flooring; RIW offer advice on the waterproofing strategies needed to help meet engineered timber buildings’ design lifespans; the Wood Window Alliance investigate the resurgence of wood frames; Howarth Timber look at how thermally modified timber cladding gets around potential issues without losing environmental benefits; and Organowood explain how architects can ensure their projects are ‘effortlessly ecological’.
The ADF team hope you enjoy this supplement, which not only features some surprising examples of timber architecture, but also several insights on some of the product innovations which are driving success in this sector. Should you have any feedback on this issue please email aparker(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)netmagmedia.co.uk