Monthly Archives: January 2019


The RIBA public exhibition ‘Making It Happen: New Community Architecture‘ opens today, and we are delighted that Hastings Pier is one of the four projects featured.

The exhibition asks the question ‘What does community architecture look like?’ and highlights four exemplar projects from around the UK including Hastings Pier, Coniston Institute by Grizedale Arts + Hayatsu Architects, Old Manor Park Library by APPARATA and The Lookout by Processcraft.

The immersive project installations offer pragmatic yet inspiring examples of architects and local communities working together. Each tells the story behind the creation of new or reimagined public spaces; making them happen, despite difficult economic circumstances.

For more information about the exhibition at the RIBA Architecture Gallery, running from 30th January – 27th April, visit…/making-it-happen-new-communi…


Location: Architecture Gallery, RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD

Opening times: Monday to Saturday: 10am to 5pm; Tuesday: 10am to 8pm and Sunday: Closed


The exciting events programme which accompanies the Forest of Fabrication exhibition has now been announced.

The programme explores developing technologies and off-site fabrication methods, discusses design requirements for building with timber, analyses the arguments for timber and celebrates the role of timber in contemporary architecture.

Events Programme

  • Launch of the 2019 Wood Awards – Tuesday 12 March, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
    The Wood Awards launches its open call for outstanding architecture and product design in wood.
  • Build to Rent Breakfast Event – Thursday 21 March, 8.30am - 11.00am
    Conversations around modular solutions for the future of urban housing.
  • The Architecture of Maggie’s – Wednesday 27 March, 6.30pm - 8.00pm
    Charles Jencks, co-founder of Maggie’s Centres, in conversation with architects Alex de Rijke and Benedetta Tagliabue.
  • Re-Imagining Timber Symposium – Wednesday 3 April, 2.00pm - 7.00pm
    An afternoon of insight, information and inspiration from renowned international designers and makers, celebrating timber in architecture.
  • Ensuring Long - Term Performance of CLT Breakfast Event – Tuesday 30 April, 8.30am - 11.00am
    A technical seminar on design requirements and maintenance of CLT buildings.
  • Tall Storeys from Scandinavia – Thursday 2 May, 6.30pm - 8.00pm
    Building high with CLT in Sweden and Norway.
  • Business as Usual for CLT – Thursday 9 May, 2.00pm - 6.30pm
    An event examining the impacts of new legislation for tall timber buildings.
  • Public Tours
    Join dRMM for a guided tour, highlighting exhibition themes and key projects. Tours taking place from 1.15pm – 1.45pm on Friday 15 February, Friday 1 March, Friday 22 March, Friday 5 April and Friday 3 May.
  • Public Weekend Tour
    A tour for all the family, led by the Building Centre events team on Saturday 30 March from 11.00am - 12.00pm.

All the events will be held at the Building Centre on Store Street, London WC1E 7BT. For more information, booking details and symposium tickets, please visit:

We would like to thank our headline sponsors Timber Trade Federation, Wood Campus and Wood For Good. Supported by American Hardwood Export Council, B&K Structures, Eurban, James Latham, KLH UK, Martinsons, Södra, Stora Enso and Wiehag.


‘Forest of Fabrication’ Exhibition - 09-01-2019

We are delighted to be collaborating with the Building Centre on the public exhibition ‘Forest of Fabrication – dRMM: pioneers of timber architecture’, which presents engineered timber as a defining material of 21st century architecture.

Open from 8th February until 17th May 2019, the exhibition celebrates the existing capabilities and future potential of engineered timber, from concept to construction, across buildings from different scales and sectors

The exhibition features 24 dRMM projects designed across 24 years, many of which are built and well-known, all of which have pushed design boundaries and explored the opportunities and challenges of timber structures.

‘Forest of Fabrication’ includes models of the flat packed Naked House (2006), Kingsdale School Auditorium (2007), Timber Stadium proposal (2009), Tre Toren, Rundeskogen (2012), Endless Stair (2013), Floatopolis proposal (2014), Sky Health and Fitness (2015), Maggie’s Oldham (2017) and the Stirling Prize winning Hastings Pier (2017). Many of the models exhibited have never been publicly displayed and will be shown alongside digital projections of concept sketches, project drawings, construction and final photographs.

An associated events programme, featuring international projects and designers curated with the Building Centre, will explore developing technologies enabling faster off-site fabrication methods, analyse the argument for timber and celebrate the role of timber in contemporary architecture.

You can follow the making of the exhibition on our social media in the run up to the launch on the 8th February 2019.