Design + Make Students Tested the Limits of Timber With Sawmill Shelter

'Sawmill Shelter' is a canopy shelter created by 'Architectural Association' students in the 'Design + Make' program.

The goal of this project was to test the limits of timber and simultaneously create a shelter for their sawmill. The techniques the students tested and used will be implemented in the schools next planned construction -- the building of a lecture hall and library. This project was made using wood harvested from the nearby forest to create 11 meter laths. According to the students, "Each lath carries up to two tonnes of tension, demonstrating the remarkable -- and generally under-exploited -- strength of wood under tension." The team also steam bend whole trees to support the one end of the canopy. Cables assist with the load distribution of Sawmill Shelter and the roof is clad in aluminum.