Timber Wave, London | Arup and Amanda Levete Architects

Arup and Amanda Levete Architects present timber artwork at London Design Week

September 2011 marks the fourth year of Arup’s support for the London Design Festival. The festival, renowned for its innovative projects, this year features two installations as part of its Landmark Projects initiative, both designed in collaboration with Arup – the Timber Wave with Amanda Levete Architects and Two Lines with David Chipperfield Architects.

Visitors to the festival’s hub, the Victoria and Albert Museum, will pass through a stunning three dimensional latticework spiral, built from oil-treated American Red Oak and entitled ‘Timber Wave’.

Designed by Amanda Levete Architects (AL_A) in collaboration with Arup, and supported by the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), the oak used in the temporary self-supporting 12m diameter arch is more traditionally used in furniture making. The temporary frame to the entrance of the V & A will remain in place until 15th October.

Arup Director Ed Clark said: “Participating in these experimental installations at the London Design Festival is hugely valuable to us. They provide a great chance to evolve new modelling, analysis, design and construction techniques. The two projects this year are very different to each other but share a sculptural elegance which will make an instant impression on festival visitors and passers-by.

“Design is central to the work that we do as engineers and these installations provide an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the interplay of artistic creativity and technical expertise that is inherent in all design.”



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