June 2017

Earlier this month, Mama Shelter, a global collection of authentic hotels, announced its plans to open a new location in Dubai. The property, which will be located in Dubai’s downtown Business Bay, is expected to open in 2020. Significantly, the property which is being designed by Paris-based Franklin Azzi Architecture, with interiors by French designer Thierry Gaugain, will have a pure glass coat covering a wooden skin made by each rooms’ shutters. Given that wood is a major element of this project, we will be closely following the development of this project as it takes shape.

We also take a closer look at the new Warner Stand at one of the world’s most iconic sporting facilities – Lord’s Cricket Ground in St John’s Wood, London. An engineering marvel made of American white oak, the roof of the stand is formed from 11 cantilevered glue laminated American white oak beams, that radiate dramatically from the corner of the ground, paving the way for brave new structural uses of sustainable American hardwoods. The brief to Populous was to deliver a stand that overcame the shortcomings of its predecessor. The result is a new structure that is more than an aesthetic success and crowd pleaser. It’s also a technical ground-breaker in terms of the use of the material.

With more than 55 percent of its land area under natural forest, Malaysia is currently home to over 2,650 tree species, many of which are of commercial importance. Given the myriad selection of timbers from which to choose, Malaysian timbers have been utilized in various structural and interior applications, most notably, for luxury resorts and private dream homes. Malaysia’s comprehensive forest management system also ensures that the timber industry is managed responsibly in line with SFM best practices. In their article for this issue, the Malaysian Timber Council highlight the wide range of species and environmental credentials of its timber resource.

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