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Tech Spot #33: NOMA Christmas tree, Manchester, United Kingdom

Monday 14 Dec 2015

NOMA logs on for Christmas tree art installation

Tech Spot #33: NOMA Christmas tree by Hello Wood in Manchester, United Kingdom
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Tech Spot #33: NOMA Christmas tree by Hello Wood in Manchester, United Kingdom Tech Spot #33: NOMA Christmas tree by Hello Wood in Manchester, United Kingdom Tech Spot #33: NOMA Christmas tree by Hello Wood in Manchester, United Kingdom
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A Christmas tree art installation in Manchester will be recycled to build a new local pub  

Architects, Hello Wood have designed a new 8 tonne Christmas tree installation made out of wood that will be reused after the holidays to build the Pilcrow Pub - a temporary structure that will move around Manchester's city centre as a new local pub. 

The Pilcrow Pub is being managed by the NOMA neighbourhood, Manchester's 20 acre regeneration project led by the Co-operative and Hermes Investment Management. The Pilcrow Project will be driven by the work of local volunteers in Manchester who will be guided by specialists who will run workshops in everything from dry stone walling, to glassblowing and joinery. 

A uniquely designed 11m Christmas tree designed by leading Hungarian architects has been commissioned by NOMA to launch Manchester’s first new public square this century.

Sitting at the centre of Sadler’s Yard the bespoke art installation weighs almost 8 tonnes and will be fully recycled after Christmas and used to construct the new pub being built by hand on site. Local volunteers will work together in a nod to the community spirit under-pinning the site’s heritage.

The branches of the tree are formed of sawn logs stacked in a spiral formation around a conical base frame, using pine and oak. The installation, which includes approximately 8 sq m of wood and 4.5 tons of metal plates, took three weeks to prepare in Hungary and five days to build in Manchester. 

Its designers Hello Wood are one of Europe’s most renowned up-and-coming architecture practices.

The logs will be sawn in to a variety of sizes and cross sections in order to provide as many possibilities for future use. Some of the material will be used as work benches, with other parts used for furniture, flooring, wall coverings and traditional pub games.   

The Pilcrow will be a temporary structure that will move around the NOMA neighbourhood, offering people the chance to take part in the construction process itself and learn new skills at each stage of development. The structure will host a series of free workshops where volunteers can learn a new skill and build part of the pub themselves.

David Pringle, director of NOMA at The Co-operative Group, said: “We were keen to have something unique that also underpinned our values around community and sustainability and we’re thrilled to have such an inventive installation to celebrate the launch of Manchester’s new public square. The Hello Wood tree and subsequent Pilcrow project fits in with our vision for Sadler’s Yard as a multi-purpose space for a range of attractions specifically for local people.”

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