dRMM’s Timber Beacon shortlisted for COP26

dRMM’s Timber Beacon shortlisted for COP26

ARTICLE · By Timber Trade Federation · 26 July 2021

dRMM has designed a reusable timber pavilion for COP26 – the UN climate change talks to be held in Glasgow [Scotland, UK] in November 2021. The ‘Timber Beacon’ was selected by the British Government and is now awaiting confirmation of its awarded space to exhibit at the COP26 Glasgow site for the duration of the talks. 

‘Timber Beacon’ is dRMM’s response to the collective brief of a unique global timber industry collaboration. The 25+ strong alliance of innovators in engineered mass timber and wood-based products, global forest growth and development, are lead by the UK Timber Trade Federation and CEI-Bois, the European Confederation of Woodworking industries.

“As world leaders discuss our global responsibilities and collective responses to climate change during COP26, our message for the future will be powerfully three dimensional: in wood there is hope,” said dRMM founding director, Prof Alex de Rijke.

‘Timber Beacon’ was selected by the British Government and is now awaiting confirmation of its awarded space to exhibit at the COP26 Glasgow site for the duration of the talks.

Paul Brannen, director of public affairs at CEI-Bois, said “The global timber and global forest sectors see COP26 as the unmissable opportunity for policymakers to put into action what we already know about nature-based solutions; global forests and wood products are essential to averting catastrophic climate change, and increasing the use of timber products is an easy way to help decarbonise construction, renovation, and the wider built environment. Wood both stores carbon and substitutes for carbon-intensive alternatives. We are also focused on globally recognised good governance as the key to growing forests around the world.”

“Timber Beacon is a wayfinding object and storytelling device showcasing timber’s ability to outperform other building materials in terms of carbon, strength, and beauty.” dRMM founding director, Prof Alex de Rijke

“It’s great to be working with dRMM on this awesome timber beacon, showcasing the best of mass timber. We are working hard to make sure it is stable and has durable, de-mountable connections.” Kelly Harrison, Associate Director at Whitby Wood

The Timber Beacon was designed by award-winning architectural practice dRMM, led by founder and recognised as a leader in the innovation and promotion of engineered timber in the UK, Prof Alex de Rijke.

Engineering structural design support is being provided by Whitby Wood the independent, international, and forward-thinking engineering consultancy who bring in-depth knowledge of best practices and openness to innovations to all projects both large and small.

Sponsorship is being sought to realise the full potential of this project. To find out more, contact paul.brannen@cei-bois.org. This initiative is supported by UK Aid, under the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office’s FGMC programme (Forest Governance, Markets and Climate).

For more information, high-resolution images, contact:

Lucy Bedry, UKTTF FLEGT Communications Executive: lbedry@ttf.co.uk

Timber Beacon

“Timber Beacon is a wayfinding object and storytelling device showcasing timber’s ability to outperform other building materials in terms of carbon, strength, and beauty.” dRMM founding director, Prof Alex de Rijke

Animation story:

The animation

The story begins and ends with the Timber Beacon being transported to its new destination, expressing the nomadic nature of the pavilion. We then see the unpacking of the pavilion elements, assembly of component parts and the wider structure. This then leads into the ‘a day in the life’ of segment, where we see the changing usage of the pavilion throughout the day and late evening. From there we disassemble the pavilion and pack it away into the shipping container, where its next journey begins to new sites.

Its journey and message will continue to broadcast knowledge that will change the built environment. The ambition is to erect the Timber Beacon at COP26 in Glasgow, UK in November, then take it on to London for the World of Wood Festival immediately after. Later plans include taking the Timber Beacon to the EU Parliament to continue advocating for policy change which acknowledges wood’s undisputed credentials as the only regenerative material that can deliver large scale construction.

The Timber Beacon was designed by award-winning architectural practice dRMM, led by founder and recognised as a leader in the innovation and promotion of engineered timber in the UK, Prof Alex de Rijke.

“In wood there is hope” from a lecture by Finnish architect and academic Pekka Heikkinen.

 

The World of Wood Festival

With the eyes of the world on COP26 this November, the global timber industry will collectively host the ‘World of Wood’ festival in London.

This six-week celebration of global timber and global forests takes place from 25 October to 3 December 2021 at the Building Centre in London. The festival will demonstrate the benefits that global forest supply chains bring to the natural and urban environment. Building on crucial climate change policy, the World of Wood Festival will highlight the vital role which forest supply chains play in our local and global environments, showcase innovations in and the design potential of responsibly sourced timber.

The World of Wood Festival will celebrate international best practices and use its in-person and digital experience platforms for discussion and knowledge sharing to help strengthen forest governance and trade in wood products globally.

 

COP26 www.ukcop26.org/

The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow on 31 October – 12 November 2021.

The climate talks will bring together heads of state, climate experts and campaigners to agree on coordinated action to tackle climate change.

As COP26 Presidency, the UK is committed to working with all countries and joining forces with civil society, companies and people on the frontline of climate change to inspire action ahead of COP26.