PLP Partner Kevin Flanagan interviewed by The International New York times about Timber Tower
PLP’s Timber Tower’s research, developed in partnership with the Centre for Natural and Material Innovations at the University of Cambridge, and engineering firm Smith and Wallwork, looks towards creating new design potentials with timber buildings, rather than simply copying the forms of steel and concrete construction. The transition to timber construction may have a wider positive impact on urban environments and built form, and offers opportunities not only to rethink the aesthetics of buildings, but also the structural methodologies informing their design as well. PLP is currently working on further proposals for a 31 storey timber building for a site in Western Europe.
“Timber has a higher aesthetic appeal for humans than concrete, encouraging a sense of well-being among residents. Cross-lamination establishes a new level of quality control and fire protection. It brings a new structure and form.."
“The faster construction is also less disruptive to the local neighbourhood, and timber is also lighter, so could conceivably be used to extend existing concrete buildings upwards.”
Kevin Flanagan speaking to New York Times Journalist Laura Latham
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