A Cool Pair of Wooden Structures
These two chic buildings are entirely constructed from ONLY fallen trees, giving us all an example of a resourceful way to use wood while being green. Invisible studio designed these little lodges i.e the Wolfson Tree Management Centre and the Mess Building, for machinery storage and other facilities. They look quite sophisticated and yet also quite simple. What do you think?
Piers Taylor’s firm Invisible Studio has added a pair of woodland maintenance buildings to the National Arboretum in Gloucestershire, England, using only trees felled in the routine maintenance of the estate.
The British studio worked in partnership with engineer Buro Happold on the design for the Wolfson Tree Management Centre and Mess Building.
The two timber buildings provide machinery storage and staff facilities for Westonbirt, The National Arboretum – a forest estate established in the Victorian era by Robert Holford, and which now hosts a collection of 15,000 trees originating from China, North America, Japan, Chile, and Britain. All the timber was milled on site, cutting out processing and transport costs, and the structures were built by a team of volunteers and trainee carpenters under the guidance of a skilled contractor. The gable wall is made up of translucent polycarbonate panels, allowing plenty of natural light to enter the wood-lined socialising space. The buildings form the second phase of a wider rejuvenation of the site to create new visitor areas, including a welcome building and a soon-to-open treetop walkway.
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