Saturday 6 October – Sunday 21 October 2018

Free exhibition

© Agnese Sanvito

MultiPly, an installation by Waugh Thistleton Architects, the American Hardwood Export Council and Arup, will be on display in the crescent just outside of the Building Centre until Sunday 21 October.

Encouraging visitors to rethink how we build our homes and cities and confronting two of the current age’s biggest challenges – the pressing need for housing and the urgency to fight climate change – the installation presents a solution through the fusion of modular systems and sustainable construction materials.
MultiPly features innovative cross laminated timber (CLT) made from sustainable American tulipwood. Built using a flexible system, comprised of six modules of CLT with digitally fabricated joints, MultiPly is carbon neutral. The CLT is made of layers of timber boards stacked perpendicular to each other and glued together under high pressure. The resulting engineered panels are incredibly strong and stable and can be used to form the structure of entire buildings.

Originally built for the London Design Festival, and exhibited at the V&A, MultiPly has been taken apart and reassembled here as part of the exhibition, Factory-made Housing: a solution for London? currently on display in the NLA Galleries within The Building Centre. Like a piece of flat-packed furniture, MultiPly arrived as a kit of parts and was assembled efficiently and quietly in under two days. 

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Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) | Glenalmond Timber Company | Stage One SEAM Design | Atrium| Allegheny Lumber | Baillie Lumber | Bingaman Lumber | Boss Lumber Classic American Hardwoods | Collins Hardwood | Latham Timber | Northland Forest Products Northwest Hardwoods | Parton Lumber | Thompson Hardwoods | The Building Centre | Napier University | London Borough of Camden

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