Timber Wave

London, UK

  • London Design Festival & American Hardwood Export Council
  • Temporary entrance to the V&A
  • Completed 2011
  • The Wood Awards Judges' Special Commendation
  • The D&AD Awards Spatial design/installations

Timberwave is the product of its contextual response, yet with no physical interaction with the V&A. It coalesces the expression of material, structure and public engagement into a single beautful piece. A seamless solution, it does not make distinctions between structure and aesthetic, structure and message, innovation and functionality, social and technological impact.

Taller than a three-storey building, Timber Wave is made from specially curved pieces of American red oak donated by American Hardwood Export Council members, and fabricated by Cowley Timberwork in Lincolnshire. Its complex and challenging form is made possible through cutting-edge digital tools, 3D modelling and precision engineering. Specially designed lighting by SEAM Design and iGuzzini emphasise the intricate patterns and ensure that it is as exciting to view at night as during the day.

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