Unleashing the possibilities of plywood

Plywood has many times before been used for temporary structures in architecture, mainly because of the relatively low cost and availability. Plywood is often seen as a perfectly flat sheet material, free from otherwise common properties of timber such as imperfections and grain direction.

However, the material is versatile—something rarely seen in contemporary plywood design—but can be enhanced through computational design and digital fabrication.

The firm, Digital Wood, investigated and experimented with digital tools to explore new perspectives of programing timber in the field of architecture and design. 

The possibilities of digital fabrication help designers stretch the domains of timber construction. With full scale experiments, a representative model of wood properties and details can be studied. With the use of modern technology and new treatment methods, the boundaries are pushed for how this conventional material can be used to unleash new creative potentials.

In collaboration with sponsors a temporary structure was designed and built for the “Tomorrow’s Wood Production” venue which functions as a gathering place and visual label for visitors, while exploring new unexpected ways of materialising wood.