16 December 2020

Top 5 most popular timber case studies of 2020

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One of TRADA’s favourite outputs is the inspirational timber case study, of which we publish 10 per year – usually highlighting award-winning projects or innovative designs. TRADA now hosts more than 130 case studies and counts multiple chapels, hospitals and schools as well as stunning conversions, restaurants, high rise residential and temporary pavilions among them.


You can read all of these online. But, better yet, you can also download PDFs of each project for free; these include pages of detail drawings.



Eleanor Palmer Science Lab, London



The Eleanor Palmer Science Lab is a small but carefully crafted timber building, one which uses simple timber construction techniques to create an inventive space dedicated to teaching science to young children. Anthony Boulanger, founding partner of AY Architects, describes it as ‘a learning environment that aims to foster enquiring minds, curiosity and wonder in the world’. He envisages it as a timber ‘wonder room, a cabinet of curiosities, and a place for discovery and experimentation’.


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The Rye Apartments, Peckham Rye, South London



Facing Peckham Rye Park in South London is a new development of ten apartments which demonstrates how the use of timber can create homes which are sustainable, efficient to build and with interior spaces of exceptional quality. The apartments have a structure of cross-laminated timber (CLT) which is exposed on the internal walls of the apartments, creating warm and tactile interiors filled with light from generous windows.


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Pocket House, London



Pocket House is an award-winning family house, distinguished by its character, the quality of its detailing – much of it in timber – and by the skill with which the architect has made use of a dauntingly restricted site. It is the first building completed by Tikari Works, a young practice established in 2014 by Nicola and Ty Tikari, and it is also their family home. They were not only client and architect but also acted as main contractor, directly employing a team of craftsmen and subcontractors for the building works.


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Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre, Cambridge



The Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre is a new teaching and live entertainment space at The Perse School, an independent co-educational school in Cambridge. It is named after the former director of the National Theatre, who was a pupil there in the 1940s. The school, which offers an extensive programme of music and drama activities, had outgrown its previous facilities and this new building houses a 400-seat auditorium, an adaptable foyer and an exhibition gallery, a rehearsal and teaching studio, together with back of house dressing rooms, a workshop, ancillary spaces and a suite of classrooms.


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House in a Garden, London



Tucked behind two rows of tall 1840s Victorian villas in Notting Hill, London, is a modern single-storey house with a truly dramatic roof, its exposed timber frame rising in an elegant double curve to a glazed oculus. The house stands on a site formerly occupied by a dilapidated bungalow, hidden away and reached only by a narrow passage between the villas. But the bungalow could be seen by the architect Gianni Botsford, from the window of his upper floor apartment and in 2010, intrigued by its possibilities for development, he bought it.


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