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Forest of Fabrication

8 Feb–17 May 2019

'Forest of Fabrication  dRMM: pioneers of timber architecture' was a public exhibition at the Building Centre, showing from 8 February until 17 May 2019.

The Building Centre and dRMM present engineered timber as a defining material of 21st Century architecture.

Forest of Fabrication demonstrates the possibilities of modern timber construction through the lens of Stirling Prize-winning architectural practice dRMM. The exhibition features twenty-four critically acclaimed projects that have pushed design boundaries through their exploration of the opportunities and challenges of timber structures. Forest of Fabrication will celebrate the capabilities of engineered timber; from concept to construction.

Featuring international projects and designers, the associated event programme will showcase the technologies enabling quicker off-site fabrication methods, analyse the commercial argument for cross laminated timber and celebrate the craft and beauty of exposed timber in contemporary architecture.

Alex de Rijke on Forest of Fabrication © Chris Jackson

Events programme:

Public Tours
Join the architects for a guided tour, highlighting exhibition themes and key projects: 

  • School spaces with Philip Marsh
    Friday 1 March, 1.15pm - 1.45pm
  • Engaging architecture with Alex de Rijke
    Friday 22 March, 1.15pm - 1.45pm
  • Minimum material, maximum effect with Jonas Lencer
    Saturday 30 March, 11am - 12pm
  • Design for manufacture with Jonas Lencer
    Friday 5 April, 1.15pm - 1.45pm
  • Water-based regeneration with Alex de Rijke 
    Friday 26 April, 1.15pm - 1.45pm
  • International collaborations with Alex de Rijke
    Friday 3 May, 1.15pm - 1.45pm
  • The future of city living with Tonia Tkachenko 
    Friday 17 May, 1.15pm - 1.45pm


Launch of the 2019 Wood Awards
The Wood Awards launches its open call for outstanding architecture and product design in wood.
Tuesday 12 March, 6.30pm - 8.30pm


Build to Rent Breakfast Event
Conversations around modular solutions for the future
of urban housing.
Thursday 21 March, 8.30am - 11.00am


The Architecture of Maggie’s
Charles Jencks, co-founder of Maggie’s Centres, in conversation with architects Alex de Rijke and Benedetta Tagliabue.
Wednesday 27 March, 6.30pm - 8.00pm

Re-watch here.


Public weekend tour and woodcut printing workshop
A tour of the exhibition led by Alex de Rijke. Followed by a woodcutting and printing workshop.
Saturday 30 March, tour 11.00am - 12.00pm, print workshop 1.00pm - 4.00pm.


Re-Imagining Timber Symposium
An afternoon of insight, information and inspiration from renowned international designers and makers, celebrating timber in architecture.
Wednesday 3 April, 2.00pm - 7.00pm


Ensuring Long - Term Performance of CLT Breakfast Event
A technical seminar on design requirements and maintenance of CLT buildings.
Tuesday 30 April, 8.30am - 11.00am


Tall Storeys from Scandinavia
Building high with CLT in Sweden and Norway.
Thursday 2 May, 6.30pm - 8.00pm


Swedish Wood Materials Stand
Engineered timber products including CLT, Glulam and I-beams on display on the lower ground floor of the Building Centre.
Monday 4 March to Friday 17 May



The Forest of Fabrication exhibition and events programme is curated by the Building Centre exhibitions team and dRMM, and supported by the Built Environment Trust.




We would like to thank our headline sponsors Timber Trade FederationWood Campus and Wood For Good. Supported by American Hardwood Export CouncilB&K StructuresBinderholzEurbanJames LathamKLH UK,  MartinsonsSödraStora Enso and Wiehag.



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