Winning pavilion design by Oxford Brookes BA Architecture student installed at 2011 Ecobuild Exhibition

2nd March 2011

The annual Ecobuild exhibition is the world's largest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment. The Ecobuild exhibition and conference is underway this year (1-3 March 2011) at the ExCeL centre in Docklands, London, featuring over 1,300 exhibitors in the fields of design, construction and the built environment.

Image credit: Robert Boltman

Alongside the numerous exhibitors, the event is holding more than 130 seminars over the three days, covering all areas of renewable energy and design. As well as featuring the most important players in the building industry, the event is hosting hundreds of renewable energy specialists and solar companies involved in the sector.

This year for the promotion of high quality timber design the Timber Research and Development Association (TRADA) hosted a student competition at Ecobuild for students at Oxford Brookes University School of Architecture. Students were encouraged to experiment with form and space, and tasked to design a timber pavilion with a footprint of 20 square metres which would exploit the architectural, aesthetic, structural and sustainable attributes of timber and serve as a showcase for 3D models of all the shortlisted entries.

Image credit: Robert Boltman

The winning entry was designed by Christian Spendier, a third-year BA Architecture Student at Oxford Brookes University. Christian's design was constructed off-site for installation at Ecobuild 2011, with support from TRADA and engineering support and materials provided by Timbmet Ltd. Work on what is known as the TRADA Student Pavilion was completed with the help of fellow Oxford Brookes students; Ali Clarke, Austen Scott and Johnny Lakinas well as the support of Christian's Unit H module leaders at Oxford Brookes - Ronnie MacLellan and Elliott Wingfield.

Click here for more information about the BA honours degree in Architecture offered by the School of Architecture at Oxford Brookes University.

All photographs are credited to Robert Boltman. Click here to access to Robert Boltman's Picasa image gallery for the event.

Related press

Tim Dixon, Director of the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (OISD) at Oxford Brookes University, spoke at this year's event in a session chaired by Sara Parkin, Director of Forum for the Future. His presentation on "Intrinsic Sustainability and the Triple Bottom Line" is available to download here.

Footprint at Ecobuild, Hattie Hartman's Sustainability Blog, 2nd March 2011. Hattie is the Sustainability Editor of the Architect's Journal.

Ecobuild a major success for TRADA - and for timber, TRADA News, 7th March 2011