Architect
Bing Thom Architects
General Contractor
Canadian Embassy
Location
Canada House, Trafalgar Square, London, United Kingdom
Our Services
Design Assist, Fabrication and Installation
Completion
2008

London Festival of Architecture - Vancouverism

Architect
Bing Thom Architects
General Contractor
Canadian Embassy
Location
Canada House, Trafalgar Square, London, United Kingdom
Our Services
Design Assist, Fabrication and Installation
Completion
2008

Overview

“We were inspired by the interwoven twigs of birds' nest - a form that supports and steadies itself". It was with this inspiration that Canadian architect Bing Thom and engineer Gerry Epp joined forces to showcase a new and unexpected design innovation using wood from British Columbia during London's Festival of Architecture 2008.

The horizontal 'snakes' were made from red cedar blocks strung on 1/4" ropes of aramid fibre like beads on a necklace. The resulting wove its way in and around the pillars of Canada House at Trafalgar square, forming an eye-catching high timber wall. Stability in all directions was created by stacking 'snakes' on top of each other, each only fastened to the one beneath.