Our Rosslyn Chapel Visitor Centre project has been shortlisted for The Wood Awards 2012 in the 'Repair and Adaptive Reuse' category.
The decision to use oak at Rosslyn seemed a natural one to compliment the craftsmanship of the Chapel stonework. With an equally matched attention to detail we used the inherent qualities of green oak to create both structure and finish. Due to the section sizes and lengths required green oak was selected from European sources. Scottish oak was used where possible for external timber plinths and fit out elements: mobile interactive units, storage benches and interpretation displays.
The portal frames to the side aisle and central pitched roof work compositely to achieve a tie free internal volume, where the lattice roof structure and lenotec panels are visually expressed.
Both traditional oak framing techniques and stainless steel mechanical jointing methods have been exploited to create a contemporary design.
Shakes and fissures add to the tactility of the oak as a finished material, where visitors can sense the life of the tree that it once was. Shadow gap check details at junctions between columns and beams ensure that movement was positively addressed as part of the design process.
Winners of The Wood Awards will be announced at an Award Ceremony in London on 27th November. See the full shortlist here.