Greater Flexibility Glulam allows designers the freedom of a wider range of forms and combinations than other materials. For instance, columns that branch out like trees support the roof of a spa at Bad Dürrheim in Germany..
Award winning Zaha Hadid Architects chose structural timber to slot their advanced design into the very restricted site. Respecting the existing period buildings and landscape, its stainless-steel facade softly reflects natural light to echo the building’s context.
Technology & Use CLT – Cross Laminated Timber – originated in Continental Europe, but is now increasingly popular in the UK to the point where it is challenging steel and concrete frame. CLT panel construction is now used with confidence in tall and long span applications where conventional timber framing was hitherto unsuitable or uneconomic.
Prototype ‘super-toilet’ Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates’ Foundation researchers at Cranfield University have developed a ‘super toilet’ that generates its own power, doesn’t need mains water and can even charge your phone.
Building the Healing City Last month saw Leeds University winning £4.2m of funding to develop a program where robotic autonomous drones could be used to monitor the city’s highways. They would identify faulty street lights, pipes and roads and make repairs to turn Leeds into a ‘self-healing’ city.