This exhibition has been postponed.
THIS EXHIBITION HAS BEEN POSTPONED TILL LATER THIS YEAR. MORE INFO WILL FOLLOW.
Building with whole trees is an exhibtion about the traditional craft of building with timber, with the emphasis on roundwood barns. These gigantic wooden structures are typical of Groningen's historical architecture. This exhibition is a demonstration and a revival of their construction.
Building with roundwood
Master carpenter Harry Aalberts from Leermens is one of the few people who are still familiar with the art of building with roundwood. This building technique has not been documented and is not offered on any educational curriculum. To prevent this knowledge from being lost forever two young architects from Rotterdam took lessons from Aalberts. They recorded their learning process in interviews and photographs and by building a 'miniature' barn. The exhibition 'Building with Whole Trees' is a display of their learning process: an open archive of knowledge about the craft of building with timber.
Earthquake proof building techniques
The recent earthquakes in Groningen make this a topical issue. Buildings made of roundwood are more earthquake resistant than those made of steel or concrete. This historical building technique could prove to be very relevant to the challenge Groningen now faces: making buildings earthquake resistant.
Exhibition: Violette Baudet, Guido Marsille
Production: Malou Aalberts
Video and audio: Anneke de Boer