Exploration Architecture


The Wood Green Animal Shelter



Professor Julian Vincent has observed that “in biology materials are expensive and shape is cheap” by which he means that natural forms often demonstrate remarkable resource efficiency by putting the materials in the right place.

Common examples in nature of using shape to create robust structures with a minimum of materials would include corrugated forms, shells and ribbed leafs are good examples.

This Education Building for Wood Green Animal Shelter uses a timber grid-shell in a self-spanning form that can achieve a factor 15 saving in timber compared to more conventional approaches.



Client - Wood Green Animal Shelter
Architect – Exploration
Quantity Surveyor - Gleeds