The Conceptual Design Changes Triggered by Timber Boards

By Sandra Costa Santos.

Published by The Design Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

After the introduction of timber boards as diaphragms in light-frame construction opened the way to modern timber construction, three major design changes would follow: the elements become multifunctional, they can work structurally in two directions, and they can be prefabricated as surface components in a non modular way. In other words, the multifunctional panel becomes the design unit of modern timber architecture. This work looks at various types of composite timber panels with a view to show the evidence of typological and tectonic changes caused by the new design unit.

Keywords: Light Frame Construction, Timber boards, Optimised Section Panel, Timber Architecture

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp.49-56. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 4.408MB).

Dr. Sandra Costa Santos

Professor and Coordinator, Architecture, CESUGA, University College Dublin, A Coruna, Galicia, Spain

Sandra Costa Santos is an architect and teaches architecture at CESUGA-University College Dublin. Having previously taught at the Duncan Jordanstone School of Architecture (University of Dundee, United Kingdom), and practiced in Edinburgh, U. K., she is now based in Spain.


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