A team from Smith and Wallwork and Mole have beam shortlisted in the Flitched competition.
Our bfg or ‘ballasted flitched gazebo’ will be presented at the Building Centre in London on Monday evening; the prize is the realisation of the winning design.
The bfg was the result of intense collaboration between Hugo Keene and Tommy Down of Mole acrhitects and Simon Smith of Smith and Wallwork. We can’t give away too much before the presentation but the real eureka moment came when playing with ideas for propping the ‘long’ span roof; by weighting down one side of a leaning portal we managed to achieve a frame pre-load that worked to our advantage…relieving stresses in key joints as well as providing ballast to counter-act any wind uplift forces. Ingenious!
Image courtesy of Tommy Down