Wolfson Tree Management Center and Mess Building, The National Arboretum, Invisible Studio Architects, BuroHappold, timber structure, locally sourced timber, polycarbonate panels, natural light, pitched roof

The buildings were built from timber cut down as part of the routine tree-thinning process that takes place at the estate. During this process, timber becomes available as waste product that can be potentially used as a building materials. The timber is milled on site, which cuts out processing and transportation costs. A team of volunteers, trainee carpenters and a contractors then builds the structures.

Wolfson Tree Management Center and Mess Building, The National Arboretum, Invisible Studio Architects, BuroHappold, timber structure, locally sourced timber, polycarbonate panels, natural light, pitched roof

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The Mess Building, featuring an inverted pitched roof covered in planks of oak, is visually separated into two parts. One houses the kitchen, toilet, drying room, and an open common space, while the other houses a messy area. Translucent polycarbonate panels were used to build the gable wall, allowing natural light to penetrate the interior. Located behind the Mess Building is the machinery shed dominated by 20-meter-long trusses.

+ Invisible Studio Architects

+ BuroHappold

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Photos by Andy Matthews