The design potential of glulam timber will be showcased in a site-specific VIP lounge, created by Polish-based firm EcoCurves for this autumn’s Timber Expo event.
“The idea is to create modern glulam arches, which are manufactured from European coniferous timber and can be cut into thin layers,” explains EcoCurves’ Pawel Cygulski. These timber layers are then laminated in a hydraulic press to form the final shape. “We are able to produce structural arches with a span of up to 26 metres, “ Cygulski adds. The manufacturing process also ticks many green boxes, with nearly all waste material reused.
The flexibility of the glulam timber – curves can be formed from up to 10,000 pieces – means the material has several applications for architects and designers. These range from bridges and walkways through to swimming pool covers, terraced roofs and bike sheds.
The lounge at Timber Expo will create a focal point for visitors to the show, which is held between 6-8 October, and is part of the first UK Construction Week, held at Birmingham’s NEC.
EcoCurves, which is also exhibiting at the event and is part of the Jagram Group, will team up with tensile fabric specialists Base Structures to create the 48 sq. m structure, which will form a dramatic centrepiece to the event.