THE WOODBUILDING ®
DESIGN AND MATERIALS
FUTURE-ORIENTED, SUSTAINABLE - RESPONDING TO ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL CHANGES AND REFLECTING TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCE.
A SOLID WOOD BUILDING - PURE, CALM, HEALTHY
THE COHERENT CREATIVE PRINCIPLES ARE EXPRESSED THROUGH CLEAN FORMS, LACK OF EXTRANEOUS DECORATION AND A STRAIGHTFORWARD PALETTE OF MATERIALS USED IN THEIR ORIGINAL STATE.
The spatial design, forms and volumes are unique to each project of THE WOODBUILDING ®, responding to site context, topography and owners requirements, expressed through a holistic, modern design vision.
THE WOODBUILDING‘S solid wood construction, using solid wood CLT panels / cross laminated timber, minimizing the use of concrete as a base, is a holistic, elegant and light solution, that is superior in structural physics, fire safety, stability, value, quality, cost-effectiveness and ecological sustainability to other building materials.
The dimensional stability, shear strength performance and very unique weight to strength ratio of the CLT / solid wood panels allows for the construction of long span, open volumes - whereas it‘s thermal properties and airtightness contribute significantly to obtain the MINERGIE standards - the most rigorous standards for energy efficiency in a building.
Besides its excellent, inherent qualities, the solid wood / CLT panels provide a solution for a very efficient, innovative and fast construction - high precision CNC off-site prefabrication in a factory controlled environment, reducing significantly risks and costs - the actual on-site assembly of the structural elements and waterproofing can be achieved within very few days
All significant advantages of wood - a natural, re-growing raw material, that is 100% ecologically recyclable, a carbon sink, that actively contributes to climate protection, makes it a clear choice - a cozy and healthy one too.
Using solid wood / CLT combined with a responsible cultivation practice, maintains and even enhances the long-term productivity and health of the forest.
THE WOODBUILDING‘S energy and mechanical distribution is organized efficiently through central, vertical shafts feeding bathrooms and underfloor heating
The AIR SOURCE HEAT PUMP is providing energy for heating and hot water - in combination with energy efficient triple layer glazing - a suitable and sustainable solution.
Energy efficient ventilation, strategic windows or full height glazings, smart window shading systems and latest LED lighting all contribute to a
modern, energy neutral building
THE CONSISTENT USE OF ALL NATURAL, ORGANIC FINISHINGS AND TREATMENTS FOR ALL WOOD AND CONCRETE SURFACES - INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR - IN A NATURAL COLOR RANGE FROM LIGHT TO DARK - WHITE TO BLACK - IS BASED AS MUCH ON ANCIENT AND ARTISTIC TECHNIQUES AS ON THE FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF WELL-BEING
'LAIN CHARVUN' - THE ART OF CHARRED WOOD
BASED ON THE ANCIENT JAPANESE TECHNIQUE OF SHOU SUGI BAN / YAKISUGI - THE ART OF CHARRED CEDAR
Our 'LAIN CHARVUN' ( CHARRED WOOD ) is a very distinct and recognizable design feature of THE WOODBUILDING projects - the exterior cladding is made of charred wood, using an ancient Japanese technique - SHOU SUGI BAN
The process involves charring the wood, cooling and cleaning it, then finishing it with natural oil - an environmentally friendly way to preserve wood and paradoxically make it fire resistant, insect / rodent proof and weather resistant - without chemicals - a treatment that requires no further maintenance
The resulting, unique surface textures - ranging from alligator skin like structures to softer, brushed surfaces - of the charred wood and the nuanced color shades ranging from dark greys to blacks, vibrantly reflect and absorb light and energy, merging with the surrounding nature - reducing the overall visual impact of the building.
At night the building structure is nearly invisible, and only defined by light emitted from inside.
CHARCOAL - CHALK - NATURAL OILS
are some of the most ancient and naturally occurring sources to treat and enhance the quality and longevity of building materials without introducing chemicals into the building.
All interior sides of the CLT / SOLID WOOD construction are left exposed and treated with natural CHALK based paint in various layers and different opacity - resulting in either a brighter, semi opaque finish, or a light, transparent layer, leaving the wood texture and structure more visible.
Floors are treated with CHARCOAL powder and natural oils - resulting in a dark grey protective, yet transparent layer for the concrete and wood - leaving their natural surface and structure visible.
The precise color range from a bright chalk to the dark shades of charcoal remains organic and warm as the natural surfaces of all materials remain tangible, visible - the wood feels natural and soft
THE WOODBUILDING ® -
CONTRIBUTING TO A SUSTAINABLE CULTURE - A FUTURE ORIENTED, ECOLOGICALLY RESPONSIBLE AND HEALTHY BUILDING