Kai Strehlke joined Lehmann Timber Code AG in 2015 where he began working on the interface between digital data and CNC manufacturing of large scale timber structures. In 2019 Kai presented a timber sculpture in the municipality of Urbach, the 14-metre-high Urbach Tower whose timber panels took on their striking form themselves. Kai was also instrumental in working on the Swatch headquarters in Biel. The building was designed by the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban. With the aid of parametric planning and highly precise production, logistics and installation, the spectacular Cambridge Mosque was delivered. The mosque also comprises a café, two apartments and gardens. The architectural concept was developed by London-based firm Marks Barfield Architects.
In this episode, I talk to Kai about timber forms, glue types, the use of the natural torsion in the timber to allow the structure to take on a life of their own. Please enjoy my conversation with Kai.
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