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Explore advanced timber structures

Event organised by ICE

15 May 2024
17:30 - 19:15 BST (GMT+1)
Xylotek Ltd
Barton Manor Works
Bartom Manor
Bristol, BS2 0RL
United Kingdom

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Xylotek specialises in cutting-edge non-standard timber structures, tailoring technologies and processes for each project. 

This session, organised by the ICE Bristol and Bath Early Careers Network, will include a tour of Xylotek’s Bristol workshop, a unique space in Bristol used for timber innovation and fabrication.

This will be followed by a talk from engineer, geometer and educator, Martin Self, founder and director at Xylotek. The talk will cover advanced timber fabrication techniques and feature examples of advanced timber structures.

The case studies presented will span various disciplines, such as CLT, glulam, double curvature fabrication, and steam bending. The event aims to serve as a catalyst for renewed conversation and exploration of timber's immense potential in shaping the future of architecture and engineering.

Refreshments will be available with arrivals from 5:30pm, and the session starting at 6:00pm.


Martin Self

Martin Self



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Martin Self

Martin Self is an engineer, geometer and educator who has specialised in innovative timber structures since 2005. Following a background in aerospace engineering, he was a founder member of Arup’s Advanced Geometry Unit (2000-2006) and Director of Hooke Park (2010-2018), the Architectural Association’s woodland campus for experimental timber architecture, where he continues to teach.

Key previous projects include the 2005 Serpentine Pavilion, for which he developed a pioneering application of geometric scripting for robotic fabrication; the form-finding for the Pompidou Metz timber roof at its concept design stage; and directing the design and construction of a series of timber buildings at Hooke Park that radically explore the use of locally grown wood.

He is a founding director of Xylotek and leads their design activities.

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