This strategically important new residential quarter, sited on Cambridge’s last major undeveloped brownfield site between the city and open fields, in 2008 was the first ever housing scheme to win the RIBA Stirling Prize, the number one architectural prize in the UK.
This building is interesting because portal frames, generally avoided by architects, are the main structural elements.
This modest yet extremely functional building utilises wood as both a structural and decorative element.
The building is a 200 m long x 120 m wide oval form enclosing a single volume and is one of the largest laminated timber structures in the world, with a span of up to 115m.
On entering the atrium, visitors are confronted by a large inverted dome that dominates the space.
The viewing platform offers spectacular views over the Aurland fjord on Norway’s rugged west coast.
The bach comprises a collection of simple timber structures with a clever double roof design device. Quietly sitting in their bush surroundings, they are a perfect fit for the NZ bach vernacular.
The site is in the city Kirkenes in the county of Finnmark, Northern Norway, and when built, the tower will be the tallest timber structured building in the world.