27 July 2017

TRADA on the Case Study

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Beautiful pictures, amazing buildings: these are the TRADA case studies, a vast library of which can be found on our recently-launched new website.


Some of the most innovative timber buildings in recent times feature in this exhaustive list, beautifully photographed and displayed online along with a full textual explanation of the building, its construction and timber element.


Registered users of the TRADA website can download the full case study with images and architectural drawings. If you haven’t already registered, then click here to do so.


The case study landing page displays our entire case study collection, which is now approaching 100 projects. Viewing is enhanced and selection made easier by:


  • Immediate filtering by building type.
  • Alphabetical or date order display of the case studies with the gallery.
  • Single click-through from gallery to view case study in detail.
  • Lightbox image gallery showcasing all images within the case study.
  • Members involved in the projects will be listed and have a direct link to their Suppliers Directory listing.


A desktop published version continues to be available, which is free to anyone registering on the site.


The featured case studies include an award-winning pair of wood cabins - inspired by geometric forms and a 15th century painting - known collectively as The Observatory, which were designed by a team of four architectural graduates based at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios in London, together with Devon-based artist Edward Crumpton.


The Observatory scooped top prize in a competition whose brief was to create a structure that could house a succession of multi-disciplinary artists for the next two years, one which could directly engage with the public in remote landscapes, yet which could be light enough to be moved easily from one place to another.


Meanwhile, another case study focuses on a primary school on the edge of the Peak District National Park that reflected its ‘Forest School’ ethos in a new timber extension, the result of close liaison between client, project partners and the local community.


Designed by Sarah Wigglesworth Architects, the extension at Mellor Primary School is a cluster of timber-clad pitched roof forms set on a deck that extends into the landscape, like a ‘tree house in the woods’.


Meanwhile, Wolfson Tree Management Centre, Westonbirt Arboretum features two radical timber buildings at the National Arboretum in Gloucestershire that show how timber from trees felled in the routine maintenance of the estate were processed on site into structure and cladding, and constructed by volunteers and trainee carpenters.


The two new buildings, designed by Piers Taylor of Invisible Studio, are focused on the requirements of staff at the Arboretum, whose management and care of the tree collection are critical to its sustainable existence.


Full list of case studies


 TRADA's New Website