American tulipwood engineered into a pure and efficient structural form; it is the first ever mega tube made of timber that you can inhabit and explore.
An innovative and ground-breaking Landmark Project for this years’ London Design Festival. The Smile designed by Alison Brooks Architects and engineered by Arup is an urban installation set to transform the way architects and engineers approach timber construction.
WHY DO THIS PROJECT?
‘It’s the most challenging thing we have done to date purely because of the scale and the fact that we are asking everybody to do something that they have not done before. The team has been brilliant. It has felt more of a unit than ever. There has been a lot of sharing of ideas. I like the fact that they draw on our technical expertise for the material. These are serious companies giving up their time to follow through an idea because they believe in it.’
FIND THE SMILE
The Smile is on the parade ground at Chelsea College of Art – just opposite Tate Britain – and will be open to the public from 17 September - 12 October.
08:00 - 20:30 Monday - Friday
08:00 - 20:00 Saturday
08:00 - 17.30 Sunday
“The curved form allows the Smile to cantilever out from its centre point to reach out into space. The curved floor, curved ceiling and curved walls create a dynamic and unfamiliar internal space. It is an undulating environment, between a landscape, adventure playground, bridge and a diving board.”
"This is the most complex structure ever built in CLT”
“The Smile is important because it will create the first-ever use of industrial-sized panels of hardwood CLT (cross laminated timber). This is the creation of a brand-new product and a new use of hardwood that could transform the way architects and engineers approach timber construction.”