An urban installation showcasing the structural potential of cross-laminated hardwood

 
 

 

American Hardwood
EXPORT COUNCIL

ALISON BROOKS
ARCHITECTS

ARUP
 

THE LONDON
DESIGN festival

 

 
“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.”

Alison Brooks
Alison Brooks Architects
“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.”

David Venables
American Hardwood Export Council
 

 
 

American tulipwood engineered into a pure and efficient structural form; it is the first ever mega tube made from timber that you can inhabit and explore.