The Rootstein Hopkins Parade ground, here at Chelsea College, currently plays host to one of the most spectacular forms we have seen called 'The Smile' Built for the London Design Festival, Architect Alison Brooks' wooden inverted arc is truly a sight to behold. Made entirely from North American Tulip wood. An engineering feat it most certainly is with the structure made in Germany by the CLT (cross laminated timber) pioneers, Zubli_Timber and shipped across for construction a few weeks ago. 4000 screws that are a foot long and require just a normal hand held drill hold it all together. For more information follow the link below.
We were fortunate to watch the structure being built. We went from this.....
Visitors are able to walk up inside and take time to ponder at either end.
The end of the summer days brings one of our highlights of the year. The Postgraduate Summer Show. With student's showing work from a number of MA courses here at Chelsea, it also brings to an end a period of intense but rewarding work with us in the Wood Workshop. Once again the show has been full of the weird and the wonderful, the creative and the colourful as students push to bring out the best in themselves. Congratulations from us to all the students. Below are some examples of the work.