The Construction material that could define the 21st century might just be wood. As part of the United Kingdom’s prestigious design festival at the Chelsea College of Art and Design, a construction made entirely of tulipwood is the most complex structure produced by cross-laminated timber (CLT). The installation known as ‘The Smile’, is a 34-meter-long, 3.5-meter-high tube which is rectangular with curves on both ends – similar to a Cheshire cat grin. Visitors can walk through the hollowed interior.
This collaboration with the American Hardwood Export Council and Arup aims to highlight the potential of Timber Construction for architects and engineers.
Furthermore, timber is a sustainable material that is less energy-intensive than concrete.
Is timber construction the future of architecture?