Saw-mill Shelter Hooke Park Building, Wakeford Hall Design + Make News
Sawmill Shelter AA Hooke Park Building
Architectural Association Estate, Wakeford Hall, England, UK – central academic facility
15 Aug 2017
Sawmill Shelter Hooke Park Building
Sawmill Shelter at AA Hooke Park
Location: Beaminster, Dorset, Southern England, UK
Design: Architectural Association Design and Make students wirth Aurp Engineers
The Saw-mill Shelter, located in the Architectural Association estate, was designed and built by students with the help of the school faculty and Arup engineers.
The shelter is a lightweight anticlastic timber net spanning nearly 11 metres, made up of timber laths only 38x38mm in section.
To avoid imperfections, the laths were assembled from short sections using a glued finger-jointed scarfed splice.
Each lath carries up to two tonnes of tension, demonstrating the remarkable strength of wood. Before construction a digital model was developed and analysed with form-finding techniques.
Once the forces from the model were evaluated each fabricated lath was tested to the force that it would have to withstand with a large factor of safety.
Once tested the laths were put into position and carefully stressed from the two ends in order to reach the final configuration.
One of the supporting sides of the timber net is composed by an array of large steam-bent trunks. The roof surface is clad with aluminum sheet panels backed by plywood.
Sawmill Shelter Hooke Park Dorset – Building Information
Architect: Architectural Association Design and Make students
Client: Architectural Association Hooke Park
Structural Engineer: Arup
Wood Species: British Western Red Cedar, Douglas Fir and Larch
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AA Hooke Park
AA Architecture Competition
Design Competition for the new central academic facility at Hooke Park. Open to AA Community.
An Ideas Competition
The AA community is invited to take part in an ideas competition for the new central academic facility at Hooke Park.
Hooke Park is a 142 hectare woodland in Dorset, South West England located near the town of Beaminster and within the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Address: Hooke, Beaminster DT8 3PH
Phone: 01308 863588
Location: Hooke Park, Hooke, Beaminster, DT8 3PH, England, UK
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RIBA South West Awards Winners in 2016
Regional Award-winning buildings in Dorset:
State of the art drawing studio at Arts University Bournemouth
Design: Sir Peter Cook, CRAB Studio
photo from architect
Higher Education Building in Dorset
Website: AA Hooke Park
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