Timber Rising: Vertical visions for the cities of tomorrow

The first comprehensive exhibition to look at the new revolution in tall timber building

Friday 9th February 2018 - Saturday 19th May 2018

Admission Free

A timber revolution is in the air. In the last decade, a new phenomenon has occurred in architectural practice: the beginning of high-rise building in wood. A number of architects, working closely with world-class scientists and engineers, are experimenting with new engineered timber products including CLT (cross-laminated timber), predicting a future in which wood will supersede concrete and steel in an effort to confront some of the most pressing issues of our time: high-density cities, climate change, the housing crisis, and mental health.

Timber Rising focuses on the most significant mass timber solutions to date, interviewing key participants, and looking to a future where wood will ultimately determine new types of structures. Examples of completed projects will sit alongside more ambitious concept and research proposals, showing what is possible today, and what will be possible – with changing building codes and new thinking by developers, governments and the construction industry – for the cities of tomorrow.

The exhibition explores a range of international projects and proposals through images and text. In addition, there will be a special focus (including models) on the following projects: the Kulturhus Skellefteå in Sweden by White Arkitekter (Stockholm), a 19-storey pre-fabricated timber-framed building of art, theatre and literature; the two soaring Oakwood Timber Tower proposals for the Barbican and the Netherlands by PLP Architecture (London), who have worked in close collaboration with Cambridge University and engineers Smith and Wallwork; Treet (The Tree) by ARTEC AS (Bergen, Norway) the first rising timber building to capture the world’s attention; and Dalston Lane  by Waugh Thistleton Architects (London).

Timber champion and TED speaker Michael Green (MGA | Michael Green Architecture, Vancouver) will also be participating, with an in-depth interview that contributes further to this exciting debate.

A sculpture and statement on wood by artist David Nash (whose work has inspired some of the participants) will also be featured, drawing an interesting parallel between architecture and art.

The Timber Rising exhibition is part of Roca’s ongoing commitment to showcasing and collaborating with the leading architects of our time, working with them to help develop ways of improving urban life, with an emphasis on sustainability and wellbeing.

Exhibition curated by Studio Woode and Clare Farrow.
Exhibition design by Cellar Door

The event takes place at Roca London Gallery, Station Court, Townmead Road, London SW6 2PY.
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09/02/2018 - 19/05/2018