By continuing to use the site you agree to our Privacy & Cookies policy

Your browser seems to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser.


Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.


de Rijke Marsh Morgan designs timber tower for Milton Keynes' anniversary

London-based practice de Rijke Marsh Morgan Architects (dRMM) has designed a timber tower for the Milton Keynes Gallery to mark the town's 40th anniversary.

The 19m-high structure is built entirely with cross-laminated strips of Austrian spruce stacked and glued together in a 'cross-wise' fashion.

According to the practice, by stacking the strips together it is possible to fabricate timber boards up to 600mm thick; however, for the tower the boards are between 90mm and 162mm thick.

The material allows for quick assembly and the free-standing structure was built in just one week. The tower has four windows cut out in the shapes of the characters 'M', 'K', '4' and '0'.

Dubbed the MK 40 Tower, the structure will be on display in the square outside the gallery from Saturday (4 August), and visitors will be able to climb the 101 wooden steps to reach a viewing platform at the top.

by Richard Vaughan

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment.

The searchable digital buildings archive with drawings from more than 1,500 projects

AJ newsletters