London Design Festival: "The Smile" built with CLT material demonstrates alternative to concrete


September 20, 2016 · 474 views
London Design Festival: "The Smile" built with CLT material demonstrates alternative to concrete

Constructed out of tulipwood, "The Smile" is a 34-meter long, 3.5-meter high (111.5 feet by 11.5 feet) rectangular tube that curves at both ends. It is the most complex structure ever to be made out of cross-laminated timber (CLT). 

A collaboration with Arup and the American Hardwood Export Council, "The Smile" is an experimental building -- part pavilion, part sculpture -- designed to showcase the structural and spatial potential of a material that could transform the way architects and engineers approach timber construction.

via cnn.com

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