This fall, the National Building Museum
challenges the notion that wood is an antiquated building material when it opened Timber City. The groundbreaking new exhibition demonstrates the wide range of benefits offered by cutting-edge methods of timber construction, including surprising strength, fire resistance, sustainability, and beauty. The exhibition opened September 17, 2016 and runs through May 21, 2017.
Timber City illustrates the proven value of timber as a modern, strong, and versatile building material through featured projects. Curated and designed by Yugon Kim and Tomomi Itakura, founding partners of the Boston-based architectural design firm ikd, the exhibition examines the recent boom in timber construction worldwide and highlight U.S. based projects, including the two competition winners of the recent Tall Wood Building Prize, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
An immersive installation examines recent innovations of timber technology, especially crosslaminated timber, known as CLT, and explore how U.S. based timber production can help revitalize rural manufacturing communities and benefit urban centers in a wide range of ways. As the only building material that can both reduce carbon emissions and remove carbon from the atmosphere, timber is uniquely positioned to move us towards more sustainable, healthy, and beautiful buildings and cities.
As part of the exhibition's run, two American-manufactured massive timber panels will be installed in the National Building Museums historic Great Hall. The vertical panel will stand 64 feet tall, soaring to the Museum's third floor level, and the horizontal panel will be 40 feet wide.
Timber City is funded in part by the USDA Forest Service and the Softwood Lumber Board. Timber City has been adapted from an exhibition organized by ikd for BSAspace at the Boston Society of Architects.