The Wooden Pavilion for the Community Urban Farm and Food Center was designed to generate a new gathering space, sheltered from the sun and the rain, hovering above the existing fruit trees as a sort of contemporary interpretation of a Victorian Greenhouse, but incorporating new techniques, such as laminated mass timber, with the intention of proving that wood can be a real and sustainable way of constructing our future buildings.
The basic layout is a 118-foot square saw-tooth layout, with an array of large wood columns 8 x 48 inch each in cross-section, creating 40ft spans in between columns, with wooden space structures in one axis, and hybrid wood and steel cable trusses in the perpendicular one. A 20 to 28-foot clearance made this structure capable of harboring the larger shrubs and fruit trees within.
Faced South-East, white polycarbonate surface of the roof made rainwater harvesting possible, ready to incorporate future PV Cells, and indirect light and dominant winds became beneficial for both the users and plants.
We were particularly keen on using certified mass timber for this structure, as innovation on engineered laminated wood for structural applications is breaking new ground across the world, naturally countries with a long history of forestry are leading the way, notably Europe and North American countries have massive certified forests increasing every year, and many countries are rapidly following suit.