Photographer: Guy Bell

The Smile by Alison Brooks Architects | Installations ×

Photographer: Arup

The Smile by Alison Brooks Architects | Installations ×

Photographer: Arup

The Smile by Alison Brooks Architects | Installations ×

The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) has collaborated with Alison Brooks Architects, Arup and the London Design Festival to present a cross-laminated tulipwood structure, ‘The Smile’ at the Chelsea College of Art Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground from 17 September until 12 October. The Smile is one of the Festival’s Landmark Projects, which can be inhabited and explored by the public. The spectacular, curved, tubular timber structure measures 3.5m high, 4.5m wide and 34m long and is effectively a beam curving up at both ends. Showcasing the structural and spatial potential of cross-laminated American tulipwood, Alison Brooks' concept is the first ever ‘mega-tube’ made with construction-sized panels of hardwood CLT.

Design team:

Alison Brooks Architects
Arup

Photographer: Guy Bell

The Smile by Alison Brooks Architects | Installations ×

Photographer: Guy Bell

The Smile by Alison Brooks Architects | Installations ×

Photographer: Guy Bell

The Smile by Alison Brooks Architects | Installations ×

Photographer: Dav Stewart and Jon Cardwell

The Smile by Alison Brooks Architects | Installations ×

Photographer: Dav Stewart and Jon Cardwell

The Smile by Alison Brooks Architects | Installations ×

Photographer: Dav Stewart and Jon Cardwell

The Smile by Alison Brooks Architects | Installations ×

Photographer: Arup

The Smile by Alison Brooks Architects | Installations ×

Photographer: Arup

The Smile by Alison Brooks Architects | Installations ×

Photographer: Dav Stewart and Jon Cardwell

The Smile by Alison Brooks Architects | Installations ×

Photographer: Dav Stewart and Jon Cardwell

The Smile by Alison Brooks Architects | Installations ×

Photographer: Dav Stewart

The Smile by Alison Brooks Architects | Installations ×

Photographer: Dav Stewart

The Smile by Alison Brooks Architects | Installations ×

Photographer: Dav Stewart

The Smile by Alison Brooks Architects | Installations ×

Photographer: Dav Stewart

The Smile by Alison Brooks Architects | Installations ×

Photographer: Jon Cardwell

The Smile by Alison Brooks Architects | Installations ×

Photographer: Jon Cardwell

The Smile by Alison Brooks Architects | Installations ×

Photographer: Jon Cardwell

The Smile by Alison Brooks Architects | Installations ×