Timber Rain Screen Precedents

Some typical architectural uses of timber rain screens….

River and Rowing Museum, Henley-on-Thames, UK
by David Chipperfield Architects

This is a simple application of a timber rain screen using green oak wood.

St Mary Magdalene Academy, Islington
by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

Collaborating with Buro Happold, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios creates a timber rainscreen cladding inscribed with an Ichthus pattern, an abstract fish symbol of early Christian faith. This patterning on the rain screen is visible only when the sun shines on the facade from a certain angle.

La Closeraie, Louviers, France
by Edouard Francois

The timber facade joins sturdy timber poles with stainless steel wire. Reviewers equate the facade to an umbrella or a parasol. This screen facade that envelopes the apartment buildings controls ventilation, sunlight, thermal, and acoustics. The simple construction system uses chestnut wood.

A bit of a different approach… curved wood in furniture.

Furniture designer, Matthias Pliessnig creates interesting curvilinear chairs using a method of steaming white oak. One of his earlier projects uses ash and a more subtle curved shape. You can see some of his work here under his work entitled: “SIT”.


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