Timber Workshop worked with Feilden Fowles Studio to construct their timber framed studio in central London. Built from homegrown Douglas Fir, the frame was pre-fabricated in our Devon workshop before being erected on site. The highly rationalised structure allows for an efficient use of materials, whilst the exposed frame provides a strong, highly articulated workspace.
This project offered opportunities to develop a close working relationship with the architects Feilden Fowles in the refining of construction details, costs and finishes.
Photo: David Grandorge
Photo: Feilden Fowles
Design Museum Pavilion
Architect/Designer: Clementine Blakemore
Jan Ciechanowicz of Timber Workshop worked with Clementine Blakemore Architecture to construct the timber frame of a temporary pavilion in the grounds of the new Design Museum.
Commissioned as part of the annual Designers in Residence program, the project was assembled with a group of students from the Royal College of Art as part of a week-long ‘Co-Construction’ workshop.
The design of the pavilion responds to the architectural language of the new Design Museum, specifically the double-curved form of the hyperbolic paraboloid roof. Created from a series of parallel timber ribs, it uses Pollmeier BauBuche engineered timber to offer an slender structural solution. The pavilion allows visitors to experience this elegant system on a smaller scale and more intimate way than is possible in the Museum.
In 2011 Alex Thomas was part of the design and construction team for the central dining hall for the Lake Bunyonyi Christian Community Vocational Secondary School in Uganda.
With funds provided by the Richard Feilden Foundation and the Buro Happold Trust, volunteers have assisted in the design and construction of various elements of the school.
Early sketches by Peter Clegg identified the dining hall’s key design features of an open circular space with terraced seating overlooking the dramatic landscape below, sheltered by a conical roof above.
Alex worked alongside Peter and Buro Happold during the detail design development that resulted in a distinctive reciprocal timber-frame roof, constructed from local eucalyptus tree trunks. At the apex every rafter rests in turn on its neighbouring rafter, creating a continuously reciprocal structure, each timber notched to provide a secure fixing. Purlins across each bay provide additional stability as well as fixing points for the industrial steel roof cladding. The resulting structure is a 10m clear span offering views to the lake beneath.
Plywood Office Tables
Architect/Designer: Timber Workshop with Feilden Fowles
Timber Workshop worked closely with Feilden Fowles to design and fabricate four office tables for their new studio. Made from kiln dried Douglas Fir, the tables are designed to reflect elements of the studio itself.
Spanning 4.2m, the brief offered a structural challenge. Timber Workshop worked through 3D modelling and prototyping to find a solution that matched the more prosaic qualities of an office table with the aesthetic ambition Feilden Fowles presented.
Photos: David Grandorge
Waterloo City Farm
Architect/Designer: Feilden Fowles
Timber Workshop are currently working on the fabrication of a new timber framed building for Waterloo City Farm. Built from Douglas Fir, the elegantly designed structural frame will provide a powerful community resource right in the centre of the city.