Iroko combines strength and stiffness with a fine grain, good colour, and visual quality not found in softwoods, allowing the designers to create joinery quality connections in a primary structural timber frame.
The brief for the frame was to create a post and beam structural form with clean lines and no fussy connections. This was a particularly difficult brief given that the exposed cliff top location demanded that the frame resist high wind forces. The chosen solution was a standardised structural connection used for all of the beam to post junctions. A single resin bonded stainless steel rod inserted into the column heads was used, that then allowed for two or more beam components to be clamped down to form a structurally sound connection with no plates or screws visible. The result is a joint of the quality expected in a piece of furniture rather than a primary structural frame.
ArchitectJohn Pardey Architects
Structural EngineerBarton Engineers
Wood SupplierBrooks Timber, Essex
ContractorCarreg Construction Ltd
SpeciesIroko, Canadian Western red cedar
JoineryCarreg Construction Ltd,