For the tenth consecutive time wood architecture conference in Tallinn brings together top architects and engineers from around the world who have stood out with innovative use of wood in their works. Wood is sustainable, lightweight, strong and easiely manufacturable material, while being a very traditional construction material it can also be addressed as one of the most innovative construction materials given to us by the nature.
Using wood is a challenge to both, arhictects and engineers, the conference seeks answers to such important topics as acoustics and fire safety in timber buildings, use of long span wooden structures, CLT solutions, wooden facades, etc.
The Annual Wood Architecture Award ceremony takes place during the conference.
Estonian Association of Civil Engineers (EEL) issues credit points for engineers who participate in the event. For issuing the certificate please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Waugh Thistleton Architects
“Dalston Lane – Largest CLT structure in the world”
David Lomax is an architect from the UK, who studied architecture at the University of Liverpool. Throughout his career, he has worked at different architecture firms and is now partner at Waught Thistleton Architects. He also teaches architecture students at the University of London and London School of Architecture.
His biggest accomplishment is building the world’s largest CLT apartment complex in Hackney in London. The ten-storey apartment building is made entirely of CLT – construction, façade, floors, and stairs. Thanks to the use of wood, the building weighs one fifth of the same size building in concrete, allowing it to be taller than the concrete building, taking into account the area of the property.
CLT house in Tallinn
Sten Ader graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at Tallinn Technical University in 2001. In 2011, he finished his masters in architecture and city planning at the Estonian Academy of Arts. In 2003, he co-founded SKAD architects. Since then he has worked as an architect. In addition to other projects, he has dealt with wooden architecture and the construction of buildings using different wood materials. In 2014, he worked with the design of larger cross-laminated timber buildings in cooperation with Swiss-Property. Sten Ader has won the prize for wooden building of the year in 2009 and 2013.
PROJECTS Design Associates
“Wood, Wine and High Heals”
Martin Vahtra, principal in charge of Projects Design Associates, was previously a Senior Designer with Adam Tihany International. While at ATI, he was responsible for the design of many of that firm’s most important projects including: Aureole Las Vegas: Osteria del Circo, New York; 160 Blue, Chicago; and the Time Hotel, New York. Many of these projects garnered several awards, and Martin received a nomination for the prestigious James Beard Award for Best Restaurant Design.
Martin attended the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario where he received a Bachelor of Architecture in 1987. While there, he was awarded the Alumni Gold Medal for highest academic standing, the Ontario Association of Architects Guild Medal for design excellence, the University of Waterloo School of Architecture “Purchase of Thesis”, and a Royal Canadian Academy of Art Scholarship. He studied architecture in Rome, Italy through a university program in 1985.
PROJECTS Design Associates is a multi-dimensional architectural and interior design firm located in New York City. Founded by Martin Vahtra in 1997, the firm’s core practice is in hospitality design with an emphasis on eating and drinking establishments.
“LifeCycle Tower – a building in prefabrication wood.”
What advantages does the LCT system have, and why should we choose this system?”
Rainer Strauch (born in 1970) is a Construction Engineer from Germany. He was introduced to systemised timber buildings during his studies (1990-1996), when he developed a timber frame student home. Since 1996, he has worked with several companies in the field of construction, engineering and management. In 2009, he entered Rhomberg’s LifeCycle Tower (LCT) R&D team. In 2010, this division of Rhomberg was established as Cree. At Cree, Rainer was in charge of developing the LCT wood/concrete hybrid floor, which is the basis for Cree’s resource-saving and waste-avoiding construction system. He also became the design/build project manager for the LCT ONE and following Cree buildings. Now Rainer works as the Director of Cree’s international Technical Operations. Rainer Strauch is also a PHI Darmstadt certified Passive House Designer and a Green Building Auditor, certified by the DGNB (German Green Building Council).
Mikelis Putrams (1980) is Latvian architect and co-founder of the architecture office MADE arhitekti who work with inventive and rational concepts that look at context and particular issues, engaging passionately in projects with complex tasks. MADE arhitekti competition proposals were honourably mentioned and prized in Latvia, Sweden, Finland, Slovenia and Estonia. The widely published Saldus Music and Art school in a small Latvian town succeeded to nomination for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2015. Mikelis studied at Riga Technical University Faculty of Architecture and gained professional experience working in Denmark at PLOT and Bjarke Ingels Group. He has participated in juries of architecture competitions and led numerous design workshops focusing on methods for creating inspiring educational spaces. He is interested in innovative and effective building technologies and constantly pursues the use of timber. He is a member of Latvian Association of Architects and a certified passive house designer.
Architect, Director, Founder
The Finnish architect Anssi Lassila was born in Soini in 1973. He graduated with the grade “excellent” and a special mention from the Department of Architecture, University of Oulu in 2002. Anssi Lassila is the founder and the principal partner of OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture, formerly known as Lassila Hirvilammi Architects Ltd. OOPEAA works on a large variety of different types of projects: churches, office buildings, housing, private residences, interior design and renovations. They have offices in Seinäjoki and Helsinki, Finland, and currently employ a staff of ten. The office has been rewarded with significant awards and nominations and has won several prizes in architectural competitions. Anssi Lassila originally founded the office under the name Lassila Malmberg Architects in Oulu in 2001, following his success in the student competition for the Kärsämäki Shingle Church in 1999 and in an open competition for the Klaukkala Church in 2000. Both projects were completed in 2004. Following the completion of these two early projects in 2004, Anssi moved the office to Seinäjoki and Teemu Hirvilammi joined as a minor partner. During this time, an idea about peripheral sensitivity as part of the creative process begun to mature. In 2014, Lassila Hirvilammi Architects changed its name to OOPEAA Office for Peripheral Architecture. OOPEAA strives for architecture that finds its inspiration in the state of being in-between – between urban and rural, but always in relationship to both; between a deep respect for tradition and an appreciation of the contemporary; rooted in the local and yet part of a larger international context. The work is characterised by a strong interest in the way different materials naturally behave. Yet, they are also fascinated by the possibility of experimenting with new techniques and innovative solutions. The work of OOPEAA is about venturing over the borderline and finding the edge. It is about identifying possibilities in the place where an understanding of tradition meets an open attitude towards something new.
Karakusevic Carson Architects
Cross laminated timber frame construction – design,
construction and environmental benefits
Stefan has 20 years’ experience delivering successful master planning, housing, mixed-use buildings and complex estate regeneration schemes for local authorities in the UK and Europe. He is an expert in sustainable design and Modern Methods of Construction, with a particular interest in the use of Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT).
Significant achievements include the design and delivery of the largest CLT building in Europe, the award-winning Bridport House, which is used as a case study globally as an example of sustainable and successful council-funded housing. Stefan leads his team on the regeneration of the Colville Estate in Hackney, London, working with the Hackney Council and the residents through the multiple phases of the masterplan.
Estonian Academy of Security Sciences
“Fire safety in timber buildings. Development needs and opportunities.”
Rait Pukk has been involved in building fire safety for over 20 years. He has worked on different positions in the Estonian Rescue Board, as a fire safety consultant and currently he is active in the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences. In addition to managing the Chair of fire safety studies, he leads the wooden buildings fire safety working group with the aim to find suitable fire safety solutions to Estonian context.
Tallinn Technical University
“Where are you going, joint?”
Eero Tuhkanen is a doctoral student at Tallinn Technical University as well as offers scientific and technical cooperation on the COST FP1402 network steering committee, and is a member of the joints work group.
His presentation looks at the development of wood joints and future trends that have contributed to the growing popularity of glulam and cross-laminated timber use. Are classic types of joints out-dated? What new challenges to engineers face with more efficient fasteners?
“Timber in UK Commercial Buildings”
Tim Snelson is an Associate Director at global consultancy Arup, with 25 years’ experience of delivering innovative structural solutions to landmark projects. He has recently designed a number of fast-track timber buildings, taking timber into new market applications, including Sky’s Believe in Better Building, modular housing and new film studios at Pinewood.
University of Bath
Richard Harris is an Honorary Professor of the University of Bath, He is a chartered engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers, the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Materials, Minerals and Mining. His specialist area of work is Timber Engineering, particularly in relation to the design and construction of timber structures.
His current and recent research include:
Bonded rods – industrial research
Sille Pihlak & Siim Tuksam
The design of wooden power mast
Sille Pihlak (1985) is an architect, co-founder of PART (Practice for Architecture, Research and Theory). She was one half of the curatorial team behind TAB 2015 main exhibition “Body Building”. She has an M.Arch. with distinction from University of Applied Arts Vienna, Studio Hani Rashid and Wolf D. Prix, and has gained experience at the Southern California Institute of Architecture and a number of architecture and design offices such as Morphosis (Los Angeles) and CoopHimmelb(l)au (Vienna). She has also participated in various exhibitions (Experimental Architecture Biennial in Prague and exhibition “Extremes” in Ljubljana) and her works are included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Estonian Architecture. She is probing the interdisciplinary backgrounds of architecture cooperating with the leading names of adjoining fields (fashion designer Liisi Eesmaa, artist Kiwa, product designer Mihkel Masso etc).
At present, she is the architecture associate editor of the monthly Müürileht, co-curator of the Open Lecture Series and lecturer at the Estonian Academy of Arts. She is a member of the Union of Estonian Architects.
Siim Tuksam (1986) is an architect, co-founder of PART (Practice for Architecture, Research and Theory). Tuksam was one half of the curatorial team behind TAB 2015 main exhibition “Body Building”. He has an M.Arch. with distinction from University of Applied Arts Vienna, Studio Greg Lynn, and has gained experience at the Southern California Institute of Architecture and a number of architecture and design offices (e.g Coop Himmelb(l)au, Cmmnwlth, Gehry Technologies). He studies the opportunities, tendencies and impact of computational technology and materials’ research in architecture; has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions (e.g Experimental Architecture Biennial in Prague, AIA 2×4 TAUT in Los Angeles); co-curator of Interspace, the Estonian exhibition at the 14th La Biennale di Venezia International Architecture Exhibition. He is a member of the Union of Estonian Architects.
Currently he is co-curator of the Open Lecture Series and lecturer at the Estonian Academy of Arts.
Vienna University of Technology
Wood based structural systems for mid-size and tall buildings – state of the art
Wolfgang Winter is head of the Department of Architectural Sciences – Structural Design and Timber Engineering. The departments’ research and teaching activities focus on structural design (for architects) and timber construction (for architects and civil engineers). Integrated in the architecture and planning faculty, the department also serves as a civil engineering department for structural design in wood. This bridging position between the building faculties is used for interdisciplinary work and events that span across faculties to foster an understanding of building as a complex whole.