In this issue, we bring you news on an all-timber football stadium, a cafe covered in opaque, plastic curtains, a screen-printed glass facade, and more...

Hello and welcome to the January issue of the Materials for Architecture Newsletter

In this issue, we bring you news on an all-timber football stadium, a cafe covered in opaque, plastic curtains, a screen-printed glass facade, and more...

Kengo Kuma wraps 'The Exchange' in Sydney with a curving timber screen

The sculptural timber project by Kengo Kuma & Associates entitled ‘The Exchange’ offers a dynamic and formal public space to the urban context of Sydney, Australia. The Exchange serves as a multi-use civic building comprised of a public library, childcare, and commercial uses. The diverse set of programming includes a fresh food market... Read more...
Published 19/01/2020 via

Getting ‘Closer to Home’ with surface material innovation

The Surface Design Show will showcase the best in innovative surface design, manufacturing and development at London’s Business Design Centre in February, putting the focus on the on-trend topic ‘Close to Home’. Now in its 15th year, the Surface Design Show is claimed by its organisers to be a must-visit for architects, designers and specifiers... Read more...
Published 17/01/2020 via

The world's first all-timber football stadium

English football club Forest Green Rovers selected the design by renowned architectural firm Zaha Hadid Architects as their new stadium. The design, embodying low carbon construction, will be the world’s first all-timber football stadium. Called Eco Park Stadium, the design is said to retain and enhance the existing meadow landscape of the site... Read more...
Published 15/01/2020 via

Sher Maker covers cafe in Thailand in opaque, plastic curtains and mirrors

Thai design firm, Sher Maker, renovated Boonma Studio, a cafe originally located on a hill surrounded by trees and enclosed in a six-meter tall building with limited access. The designers intended to break the boundaries and let the architecture blend to its surroundings. The site, located in Chiangmai, Thailand, includes eight meters of a private forest... Read more...
Published 31/12/2019 via

Multi-use complex in Paris with a screen-printed glass facade

For their latest project, XTU Architects presents ‘Axiom’ – a multi-purpose building in Paris that provides office, hotel and retail space. The project is conceived as a city entrance, but also a gateway to the thirteenth arrondissement. Planned as a new neighbourhood around a park, the proposal aims to represent the new aspirations of Parisians... Read more...
Published 16/12/2019 via

The devil is in the detail: fire protection processes for timber

Howard Morris at Trade Fabrication Systems explores the relative performance benefits of fire-retardant surface coatings and pressure treatments for timber, and explains the merits of an alternative process. Admired for its rustic appearance, strength and cost, timber is an attractive material for use within construction, but it has a major flaw... Read more...
Published 12/12/2019 via

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