largely non-domestic in scale, these buildings have all been designed to
deal with the use of roundpole at larger spans. It is interesting that
there is such a diversity of solutions given the perceived inherent
limitations of the material.
The first two examples use
primarily large section poles in a generally conventional post and beam
structural format, whereas the latter three have adopted alternative
The original design for
Drumchapel featured ‘banana’ truss roof elements (see also ‘Bridges’)
made of short lengths of roundpole. This overcomes the sometimes
problematic issue of taper in poles, especially those from crowns rather
Another technique was employed at
Hooke Park which was to splice poles, using different details in each case
shown, which effectively allow the use of very long lengths of pole, at a
reasonably controlled diameter.
A hotel built mainly of roundpole in the
Lapland resort of Saarisalka using particularly large section poles.