Scissor Truss House

Hackney Extension

Location: Scissor Truss House, South London

ArchitectStudio Mesh

Growing the Use of Wood

 

TimberWorks case studies are published by the Timber Trade Federation, as part of its mission to grow the use of wood.  The Federation’s Responsible Purchasing Policy, to which all its members must adhere, has been recognised widely for its rigour and independent audits.  Procuring wood products from a TTF member thus represents ‘Timber you can Trust’.  The Federation also drives continuous improvement, such as its actions to promote accurate product descriptions for plywoods, treated timber products, timber cladding and flooring.  Look for the TTF Responsible Purchasing logo and find a member here.

Project Information

Location: Scissor Truss House, South London

ArchitectStudio Mesh

Responsible Sourcing

Growing the Use of Wood

 

TimberWorks case studies are published by the Timber Trade Federation, as part of its mission to grow the use of wood.  The Federation’s Responsible Purchasing Policy, to which all its members must adhere, has been recognised widely for its rigour and independent audits.  Procuring wood products from a TTF member thus represents ‘Timber you can Trust’.  The Federation also drives continuous improvement, such as its actions to promote accurate product descriptions for plywoods, treated timber products, timber cladding and flooring.  Look for the TTF Responsible Purchasing logo and find a member here.

Inspired by trees: scissor trusses echo branch structure

In an innovative use of a traditional technique, StudioMesh deployed timber scissor trusses, made from readily available structurally graded wood from the builders’ merchant, to raise the ceiling height in this south London extension whist maintaining the building height.  Echoing the form of intertwining tree branches, the additional height provided by the scissor trusses and the glazing above creates an airy, open space with a contemporary yet not minimalist feel.

 

Steel tube pins at strategic points in the trusses allow for the timber’s natural, seasonal expansion and contraction, reducing pressure on the timbers and thus reducing potential for cracking. Externally, a sedum roof aids biodiversity, helping to meld the extension with the garden beyond.

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