York Minster Centre of Excellence approved for planning
York Minster Centre of Excellence for Heritage Craft Skills with Tonkin Liu was recently approved for planning!
Two new buildings at the historic cathedral, housing masons’ workshops, new state-of-the art digital fabrication tools, a drawing room, and a hall of residence for interns and international collaborators.
Two striking roof structures, oriented to optimise northern light, connect the new buildings to existing buildings. The roof designs emanate hyperbolic paraboloid-like geometry, formed using straight timber elements twisting around one another to create striking curved coverings. Both designs use a skin, the same as applied to the rafters, as a compression tension field to achieve greater efficiency throughout the structure.