Metsä Wood will bring an iconic New York City landmark to Timber Expo, as part of the UK Construction Week.
Metsä will showcase a 5 metre timber replica of the Empire State Building as part of its Plan B campaign, designed to explore the possibilities of wood construction. The concept asks architects to re-imagine landmark buildings using timber as the main construction material.
The replica Empire State Building, designed by architect Michael Green from MGA, is supported by Equilibrium Consulting and Metsä Wood’s own construction experts. Green presents a body of research that makes the case that constructing tall wooden buildings is not only feasible, but highly beneficial.
Matt Collins, Metsä Wood sales director, said: “The model will be a great talking point at Timber Expo and we’re looking forward to discussing the future of timber construction with visitors at the show.”
Timber architecture will be under the spotlight throughout Timber Expo’s extensive seminar programme. On October 7th a session, chaired by Rupert Scott of TRADA and featuring Andrew Waugh of Waugh Thistleton Architects, will look at why the private sector is lagging behind social housing when exploring high-rise timber buildings.
Nathan Garnett, show director, added: “Timber is such a versatile construction material, but it’s often quite underrated. The aim with both the Metsä Wood installation and the seminar programme is to get some really useful and interesting discussions going that will explore the truly breath-taking potential of timber construction.”