ARCHITECT@WORK, a carefully curated trade fair in the UK aimed at architects, designers and specifiers, unveils exciting collaborations, exhibitions and talks for its 2016 edition at Olympia National hall 27th and 28th January.
One of the main attractions at this year’s show is the Rotunda Serotina. The three-storey ‘general store’ will be presented in London for the first time as part of ARCHITECT@WORK (27th – 28th January 2016) and also plays to the wood theme for this edition.
The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) partnered with designers Kolman Boye and furniture-makers Benchmark to create a towering structure of food plates in a commission for Wallpaper* Handmade 2015 called the Rotunda Serotina.
The Danish/Swedish architects Kolman Boye were invited by Wallpaper* to design a candy-store concept piece for serving food during Wallpaper* Handmade in Milan.
Wallpaper* teamed up the designers with Benchmark, a company which has almost unparalleled knowledge of wood, to build the structure in collaboration with the American Hardwood Export Council. The Rotunda is constructed of American cherry and maple.
The vast columns of shelves are arranged in a cylindrical shape so that a single ladder can slide around inside the structure to scale every shelf. Each shelf in the Rotunda holds rows of cherry-wood snack trays that visitors can take home as limited-edition samples from the exhibit.
For visitors not used to seeing the striking pale-pinkish red timber, the emergence of the Rotunda Serotina will be a revelation. Gone are the traditional reddish, highly lacquered connotations of cherry. The contemporary porous appearance of the wood fits in beautifully with the current vogue for raw, rugged timber.
As part of the show, ARCHITECT@WORK will host a series of talks, one of which will explore the building of this impactful structure.
WEDNESDAY, 27th JANUARY
The Rotunda Serotina: The historical, technical, environmental and phenomenological aspects of wood
Designers or architects may specify ‘wood’ during any number of their creative projects, but wood is not a single, or indeed simple, material. Wood is a material with a whole array of physical, mechanical and aesthetic characteristics. Rather than being a surface you might specify, wood is a way of thinking, from how it is joined together to how it ages. It is a material created dynamically by nature; a very exciting but rather underestimated fact.
Join Victor Boye Julebäk (Architect, Kolman Boye) and Erik Kolman Janouch (Architect, Kolman Boye), Sean Sutcliffe (MD and co-founder, Benchmark Furniture)and David Venables (Director, AHEC) as they present the Rotunda Serotina, the towering structure of food plates they created for Wallpaper* Handmade, in London for the first time at Architect@Work.
In a session chaired by Ellie Stathaki (Architecture Editor, Wallpaper*) they will discuss the Scandinavian wood tradition, the phenomenological qualities of the American cherry and maple as well as the ground breaking Life Cycle Assessment they used to create the Rotunda Serotina.
Their conversation will cover points of inspiration including silent knowledge, craftsmanship and the thinking hand as well as the sensory experience, architectural unity and environmental responsibility that comes from working with wood.
The conversation will be followed by a Swedish-style Fika session with coffee and pastries.
With special thanks to our timber donators:
WHEELAND LUMBER COMPANY, INC / wheelandlumber.com
BINGAMAN & SON LUMBER, INC / bingamanlumber.com
CERSOSIMO LUMBER CO., INC / cersosimolumber.com
ALLEGHENY WOOD PRODUCTS / alleghenywood.com
BLUE RIDGE LUMBER / blueridgelumber.com
J & J LOG AND LUMBER
Timber facilitated by: