Timber Wave at the V&A

Sep

7-16

2011

24 Hours

Free Event

Landmark Project

Award-winning architects AL_A and engineering firm Arup transformed the V&A Museum's Grand Entrance on Cromwell Road with the installation of a giant timber wave cascading down the steps.

Award-winning architects AL_A and engineering firm Arup transformed the V&A Museum's Grand Entrance on Cromwell Road with the installation of a giant timber wave cascading down the steps. Built from oil-treated American red oak, Timber Wave was a three-dimensional latticework spiral, 12 metres in diameter, that employs construction techniques and materials normally used in furniture making to create a majestic three- storey-high structure.

'The brief was to respond in some way to the entrance of the V&A. For us it was about making very explicit the London Design Festival residency there,' says architect Amanda Levete of AL_A. 'We wanted to take the V&A out onto the street.’

Designed by AL_A
Supported by The American
Hardwood Export Council
Structural engineering by Arup
Manufactured and built by
Cowley Timberwork
Lighting scheme by SEAM Design
Light fittings by iGuzzini
Red oak lumber kindly donated by
AHEC Members:
Bingaman and Son Lumber
Fitzpatrick & Weller Inc
Frank Miller Lumber Company
Pike Lumber Company
Coulee Region Hardwoods
Northland Forest Products
Matson Lumber Company
Hermitage Hardwood Lumber Sales
Seed. Saw. Seed. Saw. Seed. Saw...
Working with nature's rhythm.
American hardwood.

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