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Timber in Contemporary Architecture: a Designers Guide

Peter Ross, Giles Downes and Andrew Lawrence

  • Format: Book

  • Pages: 192

  • Publisher: TRADA/RIBA Publishing

  • Date Published: Sep 2009

  • Stock Code: 70451

  • ISBN: 9781900510660

  • Binding: Hardback

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Written by leading experts in timber architecture and engineering, this book investigates materials, connections, applications, and celebrates innovation.

Excellence in timber design is demonstrated in the last section of the book which is devoted to eighteen highly illustrated case studies, some award-winning, some groundbreaking. All of these have been chosen for their inspirational qualities, and include: Visitor Centres at Savill Garden and Alnwick,Weald and Downland Museum, David Douglas Pavilion, Mossbourne Academy, Formby Pool, Kingsdale School, Haberdashers Hall, Ealing Bridge, The Globe Theatre, Carlisle Lane apartments, Sage concert hall.

Timber is a flexible and aesthetically appealing material that allows designers to develop creative, high quality, innovative and robust solutions to meet client needs and exceed their aspirations.

There are now excellent examples of timber being used for landmark buildings such as the award- winning Savill Garden Visitor Centre in Windsor Great Park, in the 9-storey Murray Grove residential building, in schools and wide span structures such as supermarkets and sports centres, and in both affordable and bespoke housing. Progress and transparency in responsible sourcing means that timber is frequently preferred for its low environmental impact.

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About the Author

Peter Ross

Peter Ross BSc, DIC, CEng, MICE is a former Associate Director of Ove Arup, and now a consultant to Arup. He is currently President of TRADA, and a member of the panel of judges for the annual Wood Awards scheme. He is also a member of the BSI Timber Committee and was Technical Secretary of the 1994 edition of Eurocode 5. He is co-author of ‘Green Oak in Construction’, published by TRADA in 2007.

Giles Downes

Giles Downes CVO, RIBA is Senior Partner at Sidell Gibson Architects, where he was responsible for new design in the reconstruction of Windsor Castle. He has been Chairman of the Judges for the annual Wood Awards for the last seven years, and is a Warden of the Carpenters’ Company; and Governor of the Building Crafts College. He is also a member of the Institute of Wood Science, and of the Fabric Committee at the Royal Albert Hall.

Andrew Lawrence

Andrew Lawrence MA (Cantab), PGCDMM, CEng, MICE, MIStructE is a member of the BSI's UK Timber Code Committee and the leading timber specialist at Arup, where he is an Associate, working for Arup Technology and Research. His timber projects include the 2005 Serpentine Pavilion in London and the Metz Pompidou in north-east France. He has received the Pai Lin Li Travel Award and the Guthrie Brown Award from the Institution of Structural Engineers for his work in the field of timber bridges. He was also awarded the Baker Prize by Cambridge University.

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