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