These buildings have
all been designed to deal with the use of roundpole at large spans. A
wide diversity of solutions are presented despite the perceived
inherent limitations of the material.
All of the buildings
shown here are either houses or of an equivalent domestic scale.
Three examples of
roundpole use for contemporary agricultural buildings are shown
together with two traditional Finnish styles.
Whilst the use of
roundpole for bridges is fairly uncommon, the examples on this page
show the variety of types and scales of use where it has proven to be
able to make a valuable contribution.
The research has
highlighted opportunities to replace existing standard building
elements with roundpole equivalents.
Many volunteer bodies such a the SCP (Scottish Conservation Projects)
and the Forestry Commission have been using Roundpole for many years,
for a variety of purposes including construction of paths and small
Traditionally Finnish and Norwegian Fences are timber intensive -
whereas Scottish ones are sparing of a relatively meagre resource.
of buildings for human habitation made out of roundpole.
There has been a significant tightening of regulations on wooden play
equipment recently. This means that designs must comply with European
legislation which limit hazards associated with trapping fingers and
picking up splinters, etc. Some examples are shown.
The use of Roundpole is often seen as a “rustic” or rural
technology, however there are examples of its use in urban contexts
such as the new Oslo airport car park entrance where it has been used
precisely for it’s high quality artistic finish.
Across the Northern Periphery of Europe the use of foundations, and in
this case of roundpole foundations, is split between those areas where
permafrost exists, and where it doesn’t.
Many of these elements (Informal and Tourist) will be assembled by
amateurs and volunteer. A wide variety of options are shown but these
should always be checked/discussed with an engineer.
It was decided at the outset that this project would seek to avoid the
use of toxic glues and treatments wherever possible. To this end a
study was defined in order to investigate the appropriate response to
any projects proposing glues as a part of their structural strategy.
It was decided at the outset that the projects should all seek to
avoid, wherever possible, the use of toxic treatments in any roundpole