Young America Creative

TIMBER SEASONING SHELTER

Hooke Park, England

The Timber Seasoning Shelter utilizes traditional steam bending techniques applied within a digital production workflow.  It tests an approach to fabrication in which variation is generated not through additive, subtractive or other machine processes but through direct manipulation of a material in sympathy with its natural properties.  By uniquely steam bending discrete timber elements, and deploying them in a reciprocal grillage structure, a formal freedom is generated without the need for complex machining or bespoke connections.  The shelter, built from trees locally sourced from the surrounding woodland, provides a dry space for seasoning timber at the Architectural Association’s woodland campus..

Materials:  European Beech (fagus sylvatica), Stainless Steel

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Photo Credit: Valerie Bennett

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