Brilliant woodland pavilion pushes the envelope of timber in tension

June 26, 2017 by  
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Architectural Association students of the Design & Make program are pushing the envelope on lightweight timber construction. In the program’s most recent annual project, students completed the Sawmill Shelter, an experimental pavilion that uses tension to hold the structure together and create a sturdy roof resistant to snow loads and wind uplifts. Located in Hooke Park of Dorset, England, the sculptural structure’s roof was built from locally sourced Western Red Cedar. The Sawmill Shelter was designed and built by students En-Kai Kuo, Evgenia Spyridonos, Eleni McKirahan, Rolando Madrigal, Trianzani Sulshi, Paolo Salvetti, and Diego Saenz Penagos. In addition to serving as the 2016-2017 Design + Make project, the experimental pavilion is also a prototype for structural systems planned for the new campus lecture hall and library. The structure was built atop an existing 50-square-meter concrete slab on which the campus sawmill is placed. The students built the Sawmill Shelter using 38-by-38-millimeter laths of Western Red Cedar sourced from Hooke Park and assembled from shorter sections held together with glued finger-jointed scarfed splices. “The structure adjusted, each lath carries up to two tonnes of tension, demonstrating the remarkable strength of wood under tension,” reads the project description. The laths were tensioned to create a “stiff net of wood” clad in CNC-milled aluminum panels for a striking and lightweight anticlastic timber net roof spanning nearly 11 meters. Related: Super-local energy-efficient Caretaker’s House is built from locally grown and felled timber Student En-Kai Kuo also helped lead the large-scale steam bending of whole tree to create unusual structural columns. Eighteen bent trees, made of Douglas fir and larch, support one end of the Sawmill Shelter. + Design + Make Via Dezeen Images by Valerie Bennet, Evgenia Spyridonos and Kevin Kim

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Gun Architects’ Rainforest Pavilion Creates a Cool Oasis in the Middle of London

June 30, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Gun Architects’ Rainforest Pavilion Creates a Cool Oasis in the Middle of London Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2014 London Festival of Architecture , AA galery , Architectural Association , chilean climate , Cristobal Palma , fabric stalactites , gun architects , Helene Binet , micro-climate , Projects Review 2014 , rainforest pavilion , water and architecture

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Students Recreate Le Corbusier’s Minimalist Maison Dom-Ino as a Pavilion for Venice Biennale

June 9, 2014 by  
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Architect Valentin Bontjes van Beek and a group of students gave Le Corbusier ’s famed Maison Dom-Ino second life as a pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale . The 1:1 model was built by students of the Architectural Association to commemorate 100 years since Le Corbusier first designed the Maison Dom-Ino as a prototype for mass produced housing. The model will serve as a particularly inspired resting or meeting place at this year’s Biennale. Read the rest of Students Recreate Le Corbusier’s Minimalist Maison Dom-Ino as a Pavilion for Venice Biennale Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Architectural Association , eco design , green design , Le Corbusier , Maison Dom-Ino , One-to-One Dom-Ino , sustainable design , Valentin Bontjes van beek , Venice Architecture Biennale

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AA Students Build a Gorgeous Cocoon Treehouse Retreat in England

June 26, 2013 by  
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Iconic Verbier Ski Gondolas Repurposed into Stunning Shelters to be Auctioned for Charity

June 26, 2013 by  
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HORTUS is a Crazy Greenhouse Contraption of 300+ Algae-Filled Bags

January 23, 2012 by  
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HORTUS — or Hydro Organisms Responsive To Urban Stimuli — is a crazy new exhibit in London made up of 325 transparent bags of algae hanging from the ceiling via a network of ropes. Long plastic tubes hang from the bags and visitors are instructed to blow into them to feed the algae — which ranges in color from dark green, to pink, to brown — with their breath. Devised by the  Architectural Association School of Architecture , the crazy algae greenhouse is a way for visitors to use their own carbon emissions to foster new life. Read the rest of HORTUS is a Crazy Greenhouse Contraption of 300+ Algae-Filled Bags Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: algae , algae art , algae art exhibit , algae fuel , algae greenhouse , Architectural Association , architectural association school of architecture , architectural design , eco logic studio , fuel source , green art , greenhouse , greenhouse architecture , hortus , London , sustainable art , Urban design , urban greenhouse

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