Reusable and adaptable wood structures

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Developed by TRADA, in partnership with wood for good, this publication shows how a wide range of reusable and adaptable wood structures are designed and constructed. It features 19 fully illustrated innovative examples, including the food stall and bus stop at River Cottage, Devon; The Globe at Cern, Switzerland; and the World's smallest cinema. Wood is the ideal material for re-use. It is naturally good looking, durable, simple to assemble and take down, and easy to move. For sustainability, wood is second to none, and recycling a wood structure prolongs its carbon storage and makes an even stronger environmental contribution.


  • Why reuse?
  • Why wood?
  • Structures for major events
  • Reusable wood structures
  • Buckingham Palace ticket office
  • The Globe at CERN, Switzerland
  • Westminster ticket office
  • Monkey puzzle pavilion
  • Serpentine Gallery 2005
  • Deutscher pavilions, Germany
  • Terrace restaurant
  • Swoosh
  • Ecocanopy system

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