dRMM exhibits at the RA Summer Show 2022
dRMM is thrilled to be showing two pieces in this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Our work forms part of this year’s architecture room, curated by Niall McLaughlin Architects and Rana Begum Studio to the theme of ‘Hope’.
In keeping with the studio’s longstanding focus on sustainable timber construction, and our belief that it is the material that will enable us to address the climate emergency, we are exhibiting pieces that feature our work on Maggie’s Oldham (2017). The first is an architectural model which shows the project’s extensive use of timber. In the design of Maggie’s Oldham dRMM considered use of wood at every opportunity with timber walls, ceilings, doors and windows. The building is the first in the world to be constructed from hardwood CLT, which dRMM developed in collaboration with the American Hardwood Export Council and ARUP. It is also clad in thermally modified tulipwood developed especially for the project.
The second piece is a ply-mounted worms-eye view photograph of Maggies Oldham taken by dRMM founding Director Alex de Rijke. It shows the canopy of the silver birch tree that is situated in the glass void at the heart of the building. The central void floods the centre with light and provides a connection to the natural landscape which spreads out below. A birch tree was chosen for its status as a pioneer tree, one of the first plants to grow after a trauma to landscape.
Both pieces support dRMM’s view that ‘in wood there is hope’. The RA Summer Show runs until the 21st August.
Photographic prints of the Maggie’s Oldham photograph are available to purchase online via the RA Summer Exhibition Explorer, here