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London’s Giant Timber “Smile” is Stronger Than Concrete


It may look like a seesaw but the The Smile, designed by Alison Brooks of Alison Brooks Architects, is as solid as they come. More solid, even, than concrete. The curved 46-foot-long, 15-foot-wide structure currently on display at the London Design Festival is made out of American tulipwood. The interactive installation is meant to demonstrate the durability and sustainability of Cross-Laminated Timber. Curious visitors are encouraged to climb in and test what it’s like to walk around the sloping floors of The Smile.

The Smile will be on display through October 12 at the Chelsea College of Art Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground.

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