The Smile – The Spectacular, Curved, Tubular Timber Structure in London

The Smile

Alison Brooks Architects has collaborated with The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), Arup and the London Design Festival to present a cross-laminated tulipwood structure, ‘ The Smile ’ at the Chelsea College of Art Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground from 17 September until 12 October, 10am – 9pm.

The Smile is one of the Festival’s Landmark Projects, which can be inhabited and explored by the public. The spectacular, curved, tubular timber structure measures 3.5m high, 4.5m wide and 34m long and is effectively a beam curving up at both ends. Showcasing the structural and spatial potential of cross-laminated American tulipwood, Alison Brooks’ concept is the first ever ‘mega-tube’ made with construction-sized panels of hardwood CLT.

American HardWood Export Council
Architects: Alison Brooks Architects
Project: The smile
Client : American Hardwood Export Council , London Design Festival
Size 4.5 x 3.5 x 34 m

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