The expressive capacity of the timber frame

Andresen, Brit (2007). The expressive capacity of the timber frame. In: Kirsten Orr and Sandra Kaji-O'Grady, Techniques and Technology, Transfer and Transformation: The Proceedings of the 4th International Conference of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia. AASA 2007. 4th International Conference of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia: Techniques and Technology, Transfer and Transformation, Sydney, Australia, (19-29). 27-29 September 2007.

Attached Files (Some files may be inaccessible until you login with your UQ eSpace credentials)
Name Description MIMEType Size Downloads
UQ135322.pdf UQ135322.pdf application/pdf 9.42MB 3
Author Andresen, Brit
Title of paper The expressive capacity of the timber frame
Conference name AASA 2007. 4th International Conference of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia: Techniques and Technology, Transfer and Transformation
Conference location Sydney, Australia
Conference dates 27-29 September 2007
Convener Sandra Kaji-O'Grady
Proceedings title Techniques and Technology, Transfer and Transformation: The Proceedings of the 4th International Conference of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia
Place of Publication Sydney, Australia
Publisher University of Sydney Press
Publication Year 2007
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status
ISBN 9780980284041
098028404X
Editor Kirsten Orr
Sandra Kaji-O'Grady
Volume 4
Start page 19
End page 29
Total pages 11
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Assembling for the first time a braced, timber frame as a freestanding structure, where no piece could be taken away without collapsing it, was surely a ‘eureka’ moment in architecture. The expressive potential of the timber frame can be argued to have led both to its development as well as to its later transfer and transformation.

It is the intention of this paper to present the braced frame of the medieval stave-church as the opportunity for expressing Christian ‘church-like’ qualities in pagan Norway – a part transformation in timber-rich Norway from the established practise of constructing stone churches in the south.

Six centuries later ecclesiologists sought medieval examples for the construction of wooden churches in colonial diocese - such as those in Canada and New Zealand where timber was plentiful. Several mid-C19th publications, such as The Reverend William Scott’s paper “On Wooden Churches”, raised awareness among ecclesiologists of the potential of medieval Scandinavian examples to contribute to the transformation of the wooden church in the colonies by transferring ‘church-like’ qualities to the utilitarian ‘god box’.

The C19th wooden churches by R.G. Suter in Queensland are innovative examples of an ecclesiastical architecture in timber that takes advantage of the expressive potential of exposing the frame and the use of ‘outside studding’.

There are direct transfers of these earlier techniques and technologies through the use of ‘outside studding’ and the exposed timber frame in the work of Andresen O’Gorman Architects. In this contemporary architectural practice techniques and technologies are transferred as much for the frame’s expressive potential as for the pragmatic use of a renewable resource. Mooloomba House will be used as an example to identify conceptual ideas expressed through the timber frame rather than an explanation of the architectural project as a whole.
Subjects 310100 Architecture and Urban Environment
E1
680200 Design
Keyword Original Creative Works - Design/Architectural work
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Paper published in pdf format on CD-ROM.

 
Versions
Version Filter Type
Citation counts: Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Created: Tue, 15 Apr 2008, 14:21:55 EST by Deirdre Timo on behalf of School of Geography, Planning & Env Management