Timber Seasoning Shelter

The Timber Seasoning Shelter is a 150sqm canopy that will be used to shelter the stacked drying of Hooke Park sourced timber for future projects. The student designed and built project has been used as a vehicle to test the innovative use of steam-bent timber elements in a reciprocal grid structure. The team developed an steam bending machine capable of creating the unique geometry of each of the 148 paired elements of beech timber sawn from trees selected from the Hooke Park woodland by the students.

Structural Engineer: Arup (Francis Archer, Glen Rust)
Membrane supply: Architen Landrell
Timber Testing: Bath University (Nick Gathercole)

Completed: 2014

Students: Meghan Dorrian, Kawit Ko-Udomvit, Omri Menashe, Glen Stellmacher

Tutors: Martin Self, Charley Brentnall, Stewart Dodd