Timber Rising

The potential to build tall in wood is explored in an exhibition at Roca London Gallery


‘Timber Rising’, an exhibition at the Roca London Gallery curated by Clare Farrow and Eva Woode, explores the emergent phenomenon of high-rise construction in wood. Showcasing both completed buildings – such as two in London by Waugh Thistleton Architects – and as-yet unbuilt proposals including PLP Architecture’s 80-storey Oakwood Timber Tower, the exhibition has an international scope and a focus on recent research.

The advantages of engineered timber as a construction material are manifold: it is sustainable, quick and relatively economical to build with, and – to many people – pleasant to live with. Whether it is well-suited to very tall buildings is another matter, and a question to which the architects and engineers are now addressing themselves.

80-storey tower proposal for London, by PLP Architecture

Featured examples include the 24-storey mixed-use HoHo Wien tower in Vienna (due 2018) by RLP Rüdiger Lainer + Partner, The Brickyard in London by dRMM and the Kulturhus Skellefteå in Sweden by White Arkitekter, which is working with the local timber industry to create a 19-storey pre-fabricated timber-framed building of art, theatre and literature.


Wood Innovation and Design Centre, Canada, by Michael Green Architecture (phs: Ema Peter)

“We are delighted to be presenting the first comprehensive exhibition of tall timber building here in the UK”, says the curators, “which will examine the historical context for this new phenomenon in architecture, and will also look at our intimate connection to wood, an ancient material that has now become the most modern, and which in its engineered form seems to offer as much to humanity as it does to the environment. As Alvar Aalto said, wood is the most ‘deeply human’ of all materials.”

‘Timber Rising: Vertical visions for the cities of tomorrow’
Roca London Gallery, Townmead Road, London, SW6

9 February – 19 May 2018
Mondays to Fridays from 9am to 5.30pm; Saturdays from 11am to 5pm
Admission free

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