‘The Smile’: a new landmark installation

Alison Brooks Architects presents a cross-laminated tulipwood structure for the London Design Festival

October 2016
In collaboration with he American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), Arup and the London Design Festival the British architect created a new landmark installation at the Chelsea College of Art, Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground, which can be inhabited and explored by the public until tomorrow, 12 October.
The installation shows a challenging curved, tubular timber structure, measuring 3.5m high, 4.5m wide and 34m long, bringing innovation to London’s autumn creative season at The London Design Festival which is happening alongside London Fashion Week, Frieze Art Fair and the London Film Festival.
Alison Brooks' concept is the first ever ‘mega-tube’ made with construction-sized panels of hardwood CLT - Cross-laminated timber. He effectively showcases the potencial of this engineered timber - in fact the entire structure is made from just 12 huge tulipwood panels, each up to 14m long and 4.5m wide.
Alison Brooks Architects
ABA’s architecture is informed by their intensive research into the cultural, social and environmental contexts of each project. This approach enables the practice to develop authentic, responsive solutions for their buildings and urban schemes, each with a distinct identity.
Known for their sculptural approach to form and attention to detail, Alison Brooks Architects have won the RIBA’s three most prestigious awards for architecture – the Stirling Prize, Manser Medal and Stephen Lawrence Prize.