TRESTLE WITH REALITY: Weald & Downland Open Air Museum in Sussex this week unveiled what is claimed to be Britain's first major timber gridshell building. The structure reflects the rolling South Downs while using traditional, locally available skills and materials.
Hundreds of 35m long oak laths, 50mm x 35mm in section, were used to form a flat 'mat', constructed on a 10m high scaffolding trestle.
Once formed this was gradually removed, causing the structure to slowly flex into its eventual form. Over a painstaking seven week period, every joint needed to be incrementally adjusted. Engineer for the £1.8M undulating triple domed structure was Buro Happold. To view 360' images of the building go to the NCE website at www. nceplus.co.uk/magazine.