Wood Works 2022 exhibition

Wood Works

Wood Works, a new travelling exhibition programme organised by the Estonian Association of Architects (EAA), the Estonian Centre for Architecture (ECA) and the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF), will pay a tribute to the “secret life” of wood, from timber to architectural backbone at the Solstice Arts Centre, Navan (Ireland).

Entitled: “There is a forest in my backyard but my house is built from trees grown far away” solsticeartscentre.ie/event, the insightful exhibition is curated by the Estonian-Irish architects team composed of Alder Architects, Dublin (St John Walsh) and b210 Architects, Tallinn (Aet Ader, Helmi Marie Langsepp and Mari Möldre). The project explores the transformative life cycle of timber.

In uncovering the unique traits of timber, five Irish and five Estonian architecture offices — including Hannigan Cooke Architects, Joseph Mackey Architects, OGU Architects, Robert Bourke Architects, Wrkshop Architects (Ireland), Creatomus Solutions, Paco Ulman & Kaja Pae, Peeter Pere Architects, Ruumiringlus, Studio Kuidas (Estonia) — were invited to work in pairs and to question how industry and construction can learn from and be shaped by these inherent qualities of the material.

The new normal inspired the long-distance process, which began in autumn 2020, with a physical exchange of models and ideas by post. In the final display of the resulting nine exhibits, unexpected dialogues emerge between countries, interests, observations and experiences.

The project is the result of the Wood Works creative initiative between Estonia and Ireland. The exchange programme was initiated by the Estonian Association of Architects in partnership with the Estonian Centre for Architecture and the Irish Architecture Foundation and will travel in September 2022 to Tallinn during Tallinn Architecture Biennale (TAB 2022).

The Wood Works project is supported by the European Commission’s European Regional Development Fund through Enterprise Estonia, with additional support for the exhibition from the Arts Council of Ireland, Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Enterprise Ireland, and Meath County Council. Source EAA and photos Courtesy of MINT LIST.