New publication celebrates timber in architecture

Timber is a flexible and aesthetically appealing material that allows designers to develop creative, high quality, innovative and robust solutions to meet client needs and exceed their aspirations. There are now excellent examples of timber in landmark buildings such as the award- winning Savill Garden Visitor Centre in Windsor Great Park, in the nine-storey Murray Grove residential building, in wide span structures such as supermarkets and sports centres, and in both affordable and bespoke housing.

This wide range of potential uses is partly down to the many significant technical innovations over the last 25 years. In addition, progress and transparency in responsible sourcing means that timber is often preferred for its low environmental impact.

Timber in contemporary architecture investigates materials, connections and applications. Excellence in timber design is demonstrated in the last section of the book, which is devoted to highly illustrated case studies, some award-winning, some groundbreaking, all of which have been chosen for their inspirational qualities.

TRADA has produced a preview booklet including a full list of contents, author biographies and several sample pages from the book, which will be published in September 2009.

To order copies of Timber in contemporary architecture in advance contact the publications department on 01494 569602. Cost will be  £40.00 plus p&p to members and £55.00 plus p&p to non-members.

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