Monthly Archives: September 2019

‘Forest of Fabrication’ RIBA North: Event Series Announced - 25-09-2019

We’re thrilled to announce dRMM’s timber-focused event series for the Forest of Fabrication exhibition, which re-opens in Liverpool this week in collaboration with RIBA North and the Building Centre.

The varied programme of talks, tours and networking meet-ups will collectively place timber under the spotlight as an innovative material, promoting its current and future exploration, experimentation and application. The series will explore timber as a problem-solving material, highlighting its successes when used imaginatively and creatively; it will also discuss the role of timber as a material champion for sustainability.

The programme will bring together key timber construction industry players from the north of the UK, helping to broaden the national discussion on timber research and application. On-site tours and lectures will also provide participants with new opportunities to learn about dRMM’s long-standing commitment to innovative and sustainable building.


Meet the Architect
Friday 11 October 2019
1pm – 2pm
A public exhibition tour looking at key themes and principles in dRMM projects.

CLT Master Class
TBC – date in October
A cross-panel seminar on everything you wanted to know about designing and building in cross-laminated timber.

Maggie’s Oldham in Context
Wednesday 23 October 2019
3pm – 5pm
A tour of dRMM’s award-winning building Maggie’s Oldham, highlighting architectural considerations and material innovations that place visitors’ needs at the forefront of design.
Book your ticket here.

Meet the Architect
Friday 8 November 2019
1pm – 2pm
A public exhibition tour looking at key themes and principles in dRMM projects.
Book your ticket here.

Pavilion in Timber: Potential of Density  
Wednesday 13 November 2019
12pm – 6:30pm
A half-day symposium exploring sustainable use of land and materials, with contributions from architects, suppliers and academics.
Book your ticket here.

Meet the Architect
Friday 17 January 2020
1pm – 2pm
A public exhibition tour looking at key themes and principles in dRMM projects.
Book your ticket here.

Building a Sustainable Future – Timber as a Whole-Life Product
Thursday 30 January 2020
5.30pm – 7.30pm
A panel discussion exploring the opportunities and challenges of sourcing, using and reusing timber in the increasingly conscientious construction industry.

Forest of Fabrication Closing Plenary
Wednesday 26 February 2020
5.30pm – 7.30pm
dRMM are joined by local and international speakers to discuss the future of timber buildings and the innovations driving the industry.

The Forest of Fabrication exhibition will be open from the
27th September 2019 until the 29th February 2020.
Entry is free.

Venue Details
Address: RIBA North, 21 Mann Island, Liverpool L3 1BP
Opening times: Tuesday – Saturday 10am-5pm
RIBA North will be closed during the winter holiday break.

dRMM joins the global Climate Strike - 18-09-2019

The dRMM team is excited to announce our studio-wide participation in the Global Climate Strike this coming Friday. 

Together with many of our industry colleagues, dRMM will be joining the ‘Fridays for Future’ youth strikers, as a demonstration of our commitment to fighting the climate emergency and in conjunction with our ongoing practical and research-led contribution to the wider climate crisis action movement. 

The dRMM team will be taking recess from our regular studio work for the day to assemble and march with the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) and other practices/building professionals. Together we will walk to Millbank House to take part in the Global Climate Strike rally and sound a collective National ‘Climate Alarm’ at 1pm. Later in the day we will regroup at the dRMM studio for an internal discussions aimed at identifying measurable changes we can make as a practice. 

Last month dRMM launched its first internal Climate & Biodiversity Emergency Forum, occurring as a regular, studio-wide discussion addressing key objectives and strategies relating to climate action, and specifically to dRMM’s involvement with the Architects Declare initiative.

We encourage all our clients, collaborators and peers to join us at the Climate Strike this Friday 20th September 2019. Together we can help raise awareness and promote action against the planet’s most urgent and present emergency. 

‘Forest of Fabrication’ Exhibition showing at RIBA North - 11-09-2019

Following its hugely successful debut at the Building Centre early this year, dRMM’s timber-focused exhibition, Forest of Fabrication, will be re-opened in collaboration with RIBA North at the end of September in Liverpool.

Forest of Fabrication presents engineered timber as a defining material of 21st century architecture. The exhibition celebrates the existing capabilities and future potential of engineered timber, from concept to construction, across buildings from different scales and sectors. Originally curated by dRMM and the Building Centre, the show will feature 24 dRMM projects designed across 24 years. It will revisit some of the studio’s most known projects, as well as a few unrealised schemes, all of which have pushed design boundaries and explored the opportunities and challenges of timber structures within the architecture and design industry. 

Forest of Fabrication includes models of the flatpacked Naked House (2006), Kingsdale School Auditorium (2007), Timber Stadium proposal (2009), Rundeskogen (2012), Endless Stair (2013), Floatopolis proposal (2014), Sky Health and Fitness Centre (2015), Maggie’s Oldham (2017) and the Stirling Prize winning Hastings Pier (2017). The models will be shown alongside a digital projection of concept sketches, project drawings, construction and final photographs.

Featuring international projects and guest speakers, the associated event programme will bring together international designers, developers, makers and academics to explore emerging materials and markets; innovations in off-site fabrication methods, current changes in legislation, and consider the arguments for timber whilst celebrating its role in contemporary architecture. 

The Forest of Fabrication exhibition and events programme at the RIBA North is curated by dRMM, and supported by the Building Centre and RIBA North. We would like to thank our headline sponsors:

Forest of Fabrication will open on the 27th September 2019 
until the 29th February 2020, entry is free.

Venue Details
Address: RIBA North, 21 Mann Island, Liverpool L3 1BP
Opening times: Tuesday – Saturday 10am-5pm
RIBA North will be closed during the winter holiday break.

Making Of: dRMM’s vision of a future London for the 2019 Seoul Biennale - 06-09-2019

In March 2019, dRMM were invited to contribute to the London Exhibition at the 2019 Seoul Biennale. The exhibition looks at London’s multifarious identities, inviting entrants to consider the city’s role as a backdrop for how its inhabitants work, play, grow and thrive. dRMM’s contribution focused on the capital as ‘a city to live in‘, illustrating our imaginative extrapolation for how London could remain a leading global capital in terms of quality of life over the next 30 years.

In anticipation of the Biennale’s official opening this weekend, we’re looking back at dRMM’s design process for our ‘London is…a city to live in’ speculative drawing. Here’s where it all began back in March 2019:

London Living – How to Visualise a Future City

Knowing that the exhibition would consider London’s existing strengths as well as how it must develop to remain a paradigm of 21st Century urban living, we instinctively thought of an image that would capture a ‘present-future’ duality. We began our process through research, looking through archival imagery – from illustrations to maps, to old transport advertisement posters – creating a catalogue of historic representations of the capital. We eventually chose to capture the present and future of dRMM’s own home in London – a section of the Borough of Southwark from Old Kent Road up to the City of London.

Key Themes – Collecting Ideas

Our next step was to hold a studio forum, discussing the signifiers that identify our own definition of living in London. The tension between how we want to live versus the limitations of the city invariably connected to space and levels of access to it. Breaking down limits of accessibility and agency became the underpinning framework for our drawing. We wanted to visualise a London where political and planning systems did not constrict people’s ability to participate in and access space, but rather facilitated it. 

Through the Looking Glass – Concept Development

‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ became the theme that drove our visual concept. We set out to imagine London as a healthier, more prosperous and live-able city, one which could create a sense of ownership, belonging and togetherness for everyone. The idea of a mirror-vision of London appealed to us for its ability to explore an almost reality, where as in Lewis Carroll’s book, the rules as we know them can bend.

Building on Good – Imagining Better

We believe that the way we design, plan and build in London needs to change, so we created a set of rules that formed the basis for our speculative drawing:

  • -Housing is infrastructure
  • -Everyone has a space to cultivate & grow things
  • -Streets are for people, not cars; space currently used by vehicles is seized by locals
  • -All buildings are flexible and predictive
  • -Like the countryside, urban spaces should encourage activity and -sport
  • -Districts, neighbourhoods and buildings are truly ‘mixed-use’, creating local communities and nurturing small-scale economies
  • -The river is re-imagined as place to live and work
  • -Industrial land is reimagined, intensified, opened-up, and celebrated
  • -Cyclists are safe everywhere they go
  • -Everyone has a place to play & to gather, through connected green spaces

London is… a city for living‘ launches this weekend at the 2019 Seoul Biennale. We will also be expanding on our entry ideas at the UK Seoul Biennale party in London in early October, presenting our work and ideas in Pecha Kucha format. dRMM is thrilled to be part of the conversation on how this exciting, creative and ever-evolving city can and should grow.

For more information visit London is… exhibition and Seoul Biennale.