Wood Goes Wide With Long Span Roof Over Office Complex

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Buildings made out of wood just keep getting better and bigger, as new technologies are put to work; the latest is a new building on the Sky broadcasting campus in London. Credits are complex so I asked:

Amanda Levete did the concept of the building to planning stage. PLP were then brought on board to develop the design and deliver the project with Hassell who were responsible for the workplace interiors. The main contractor was Mace and Arup handled civil engineering, structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, fire engineering, acoustics, security, logistics, sustainability, daylighting, accessible environments, lighting, transport (to RIBA stage D).

We know from past projects that PLP has a way with wood, and ARUP loves the stuff too.

sky central roof

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The remarkable thing in this building is the long span of the flat roof, made out of what appears to be glue-laminated wood or glulam. According to Philip Stevens in Designboom,

The three-storey building features a large triple-height central atrium above a 100-meter long thoroughfare that runs the entire width of the ground floor. The roof, characterized by a grid of skylights, is designed to maximize natural illumination. this reduces the need for façade glazing and the reliance on artificial lighting. Externally, the building is clad with anodized aluminum.
roof and stair

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Wood has been used for very long spans before, but I have never seen a flat roof made like this, with coffered boxes of wood. It is a nice effect, making the interior probably feel as warm as one can feel when you are working for Rupert Murdoch. Lots more photos on Designboom.