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Cortical concepts: Advanced membranes for the timber age: Innovative façades for multi-storey timber buildings
Ordinary Ltd, Unit 3A/4A, Regent Studios, 8 Andrews Road, London.
Ordinary Ltd, Unit 3A/4A, Regent Studios, 8 Andrews Road, London, Ordinary Ltd, Unit 108B.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Structural and Construction Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0336-6433
Number of Authors: 3
2014 (English)In: WCTE 2014: World Conference on Timber Engineering, Proceedings / [ed] Salenikovich A, World Conference on Timber Engineering , 2014Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

To an extent, the architecture of each era is dictated by the material context prevalent at the time. Architecture's Steel Age gave way to its Concrete Age, which is now giving way to the newfangled Timber Age. As has historically been the case, however, materially trailblazing schemes such as the latest multi-storey timber buildings tend to hide their pioneering materiality behind thin veils that make them look as if they were constructed using a more traditional (and therefore palatable to traditionalists) material palette. The authors argue that the large-scale timber façade holds the key to communicating the benefits of the multi-storey wooden buildings that will define the current Timber Age and carry it into the near future: such façades, if allowed to celebrate their wood-ness, could become ideal advertising posters for the advantages of timber architecture. Theoretical studies of historical/vernacular façade systems provide sufficient information for the compilation of a catalogue of potential timber façade articulations. These are connected to existing timber-based construction systems, whereafter different design solutions are explored through physical and digital sketches, model studies, simulations, and analyses. To further drive home the message of the significant added value of timber claddings, the scheme wraps and weaves around the existing Robin Hood Gardens development, a Peter and Alison Smithson design scheduled for demolition. The retrofit design proposal is parametrically modelled using Rhino Grasshopper and produced as physical prototypes at different scales up to 1:1. These are manufactured on a CNC router as mock-ups of protective largescale timber façades, membranes mediating between public and private space while preserving a derelict residue of the Concrete Age into the Timber Age.

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World Conference on Timber Engineering , 2014.
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Building Technologies
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Timber Structures
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-33124Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84924944256Local ID: 7e925ae8-24d7-4293-8583-c4355fecbdb4OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-33124DiVA: diva2:1006360
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World Conference on Timber Engineering : 10/08/2014 - 14/08/2014
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Godkänd; 2014; 20141024 (andbra)

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