Jerwood Gridshell space

The Weald & Downland Gridshell as the harmonic embodiment of Architecture, Structure and Craft

Monday 24 July 2017

The talk

In 2002, the completion of the Weald & Downland Museum’s gridshell building reignited architectural interest in gridshells worldwide. The success of gridshell projects depends to a hug extent on successful collaboration between architects, engineers and craftspeople. Intrinsically connected with structure and construction, their realisation is shaped by the inevitable influence of technological advancement.

Presented at the Museum in the voluptuous embrace of the gridshell building, using global examples, speaker Gabriel Tang will take you on an intriguing visual journey covering how timber gridshells have evolved and explaining why the Museum’s gridshell is seminal in the development of such structures.

The speaker

Gabriel Tang is an architect and Senior Lecturer in Architecture at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. He trained at the Bartlett, University College London and worked in the offices of Foster + Partners, London.

Currently completing a PhD at the University of Edinburgh on the novel use of deployable gridshells as formwork for concrete shell construction, his research interests lie in technology culture, material tectonics and the innovation synergies between architecture, structure and construction processes. In 2016, with Professor John Chilton, he co-wrote TIMBER GRIDSHELLS – Architecture, Structure and Craft published by Routledge. Fully colour illustrated, the book tells the story of timber technology by charting the evolution of timber technology using international gridshell examples over the last 50 years.

Participant information

Upon arrival please come to the main museum entrance, where you will be directed to the talk location.

Book signings will take place at the end of the talk.

Talks start at 6.30pm, last for about 1-1½ hours. There will be tea, coffee & cake available between 6.00pm-6.30pm. If you have any dietary requirements please let us know in advance.


£14 per person, £10 for Museum Members, £5 for Weald & Downland Museum volunteers.

You may be asked for proof of status before being admitted so please bring your Museum badge or Membership card with you.



Please read our terms and conditions before booking. Cancellations must be made more than four weeks before the date of the talk to be eligible for a refund.