Royal Academy Summer exhibition – art in the age of climate emergency

A newly commissioned model of Sara is currently on display at the Royal Academy of Arts until the end of August within the Architecture Room, curated by Rana Begum and Niall McLaughlin.

The summer exhibition at the Royal Academy has run without interruption since 1769, showcases art in all forms; from prints, painting, film and photography; to architectural works and sculpture by invited artists and emerging talent. It was a privilege to be invited by Niall McLaughlin to provide a response to this year’s summer exhibition theme of Climate, and we are grateful for the recognition of our positive contribution to climate action through design.

This [Sara Cultural Centre] is the largest timber building in the world, and it’s here to show British insurers and the government that we can build in timber.
Niall McLaughlin, Royal Academician & Co-curator of the Architecture Room

Sara Cultural Centre. Photo: Visit Skellefteå

Sara Cultural Centre in Skellefteå, Northern Sweden, is the largest structural timber building of its kind in the world. Mass timber has emerged as one of the most sustainable solutions for building structures known today. Realising a full timber structure of a complex building with mixed uses, mixed volumetry, and a high-rise of 20 storeys, Sara Cultural Centre broadens the application of timber as a structural material and proves that timber is a viable solution for virtually any building type. We hope that this project helps others in our collective transition towards carbon neutrality.

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