Free Form Swallows Function – Swiss made engineering turns engineered timber towards the future.
Swiss timber engineering has built an enviable reputation for pushing the envelope of the possible.
Annular Unstructured’s inaugural edition pursues Switzerland’s high end timber engineering, with features on engineer Hermann Blumer and architect Shigeru Ban, reports on Swiss made timber projects including, in the UK, Heatherwicks Maggies Centre Leeds and MarksBarfield Cambridge Mosque, Stuttgart’s ICD Urbach Tower and Stavanger’s Helen & Hard Finance Park, not to mention Lukas Imhof’s ash Ekkhartoff Community Centre.
Biel Wood School, AHB, the country’s leading timber engineering research hub is profiled, focusing in on its hardwood research over the last decade, which have spawned start-ups, Timbatec and TS3.0 and brought added extra heft to the emerging engineered hardwood materials manufacturers Fagus Suisse and neue Holzbau
And another of Switzerland’s league of engineers Jürg Conzett contributes a research essay on the country’s most famous engineering sons, the Grubenmann Brothers.
Shigers Ban [i] Swatch
Shigers Ban [ii] Tamodia
Blumer – Lehmann
Maggie Leeds, Thomas Heatherwick
Urbach Tower – IDC
Fourth Door Further
Biel Wood School/Hardwoood research
Timbatech – Vorsprung Durch TimbaTec