Sawmill Shelter AA Hooke Park Building

Saw-mill Shelter Hooke Park Building, Wakeford Hall Design + Make News

Sawmill Shelter AA Hooke Park Building

Architectural Association Estate, Wakeford Hall, England, UK – central academic facility

15 Aug 2017

Sawmill Shelter Hooke Park Building

Sawmill Shelter at AA Hooke Park 

Location: Beaminster, Dorset, Southern England, UK

Design: Architectural Association Design and Make students wirth Aurp Engineers

The Saw-mill Shelter, located in the Architectural Association estate, was designed and built by students with the help of the school faculty and Arup engineers.

The shelter is a lightweight anticlastic timber net spanning nearly 11 metres, made up of timber laths only 38x38mm in section.

Sawmill Shelter AA Hooke Park Building

To avoid imperfections, the laths were assembled from short sections using a glued finger-jointed scarfed splice.

Sawmill Shelter AA Hooke Park Building

Each lath carries up to two tonnes of tension, demonstrating the remarkable strength of wood. Before construction a digital model was developed and analysed with form-finding techniques.

Sawmill Shelter AA Hooke Park Dorset

Sawmill Shelter AA Hooke Park Beaminster

Sawmill Shelter AA Hooke Park Dorset

Sawmill Shelter AA Hooke Park Dorset

Sawmill Shelter AA Hooke Park Dorset

Sawmill Shelter AA Hooke Park Dorset

Sawmill Shelter AA Hooke Park Dorset

Sawmill Shelter AA Hooke Park Dorset

Once the forces from the model were evaluated each fabricated lath was tested to the force that it would have to withstand with a large factor of safety.

Sawmill Shelter AA Hooke Park Building

Once tested the laths were put into position and carefully stressed from the two ends in order to reach the final configuration.

Sawmill Shelter AA Hooke Park Building

One of the supporting sides of the timber net is composed by an array of large steam-bent trunks. The roof surface is clad with aluminum sheet panels backed by plywood.

Sawmill Shelter AA Hooke Park Building

Sawmill Shelter Hooke Park Dorset – Building Information

Location: Beaminster
Architect: Architectural Association Design and Make students
Client: Architectural Association Hooke Park
Structural Engineer: Arup
Wood Species: British Western Red Cedar, Douglas Fir and Larch

Arup model:
Sawmill Shelter AA Hooke Park Dorset Arup model

Sawmill Shelter Hooke Park on Wood Awards 2017 Shortlist

AA Hooke Park Sawmill Shelter – Design + Make

previously on e-architect:

AA Hooke Park

AA Architecture Competition
Design Competition for the new central academic facility at Hooke Park. Open to AA Community.

An Ideas Competition

The AA community is invited to take part in an ideas competition for the new central academic facility at Hooke Park.

AA Architecture Competition

AA Hooke Park Architecture Competition

Hooke Park is a 142 hectare woodland in Dorset, South West England located near the town of Beaminster and within the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Website: AA Hooke Park Architecture Competition

Address: Hooke, Beaminster DT8 3PH
Phone: 01308 863588


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