earthquake resistant woven timber system
united kingdom


Initiated in 2010, the woven timber system develops a novel material system and fabrication process by investigating the relationship between the seismic performance of flexible timber structures and friction based basket weaving methods found in India. Using traditional bamboo weaving as a springboard, the project optimizes local skills to build a framework for an earthquake resistant, light, cost effective and jointless architectural material system suitable for areas, which are prone to high seismic activity. Optimal levels of friction in the system are achieved by altering the parameters of the interlacing timber strips, which include strip width, strip density and strip thickness. As an information based deployable system, the parameters can be adjusted to suit the constraints of the place.



Basket weaving



Material tests



This project is being used as a research initiative at the Architectural Association London

Institutional support: Chevening fellowship for Science and Technology