Alison Brooks Architects has designed “The Smile”, for the London Design Festival 2016. A temporary urban installation that showcases the structural and spatial potential of cross laminated timber.
Made using american tulipwood, the publicly accessible structure forms a 3.5m high, 4.5m wide, and 34m long curved rectangular tube.
“The smile is a huge curved hollow tube made of cross-laminated tulipwood. It touches the ground at one point, like a wheel. Entering the smile through an opening where the curved form meets the ground, the visitor can walk from end to end of the 34 meter-long tube to discover a new kind of space that gradually rises toward light.” explains Alison Brooks.
Two open ends illuminate the funnel-like interior space, while simultaneously forming elevated balconies that overlook the city below. Small apertures along the walls create a changing pattern of sunlight throughout the day, while at night, the interior is illuminated by linear strips that trace the structure’s curving floor.
For developing the landmark project, Alison Brooks Architects collaborated with the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), Arup and the London Design Festival to conceive a cross-laminated tulipwood structure at the Chelsea College of Arts. The structure is displayed from september 17 until october 12, 2016.
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