Five Innovative Wooden Buildings
Wood is such a beautiful natural resource and has many applications. Not only is it a stunning material but it can also be shaped and finished in unimaginable ways. It is also energy efficient as a natural insulator and environmentally friendly; it absorbs CO2. Wooden buildings take less time to construct than regular brick or concrete structures and they are versatile in style.
Many modern apartments are furnished with wooden fascias, which gives the building a modern rustic twist. It enables a brick construct to irradiate the beauty of The Earth. We have chosen five wooden buildings we think are particularly innovative and impressive.
In Seville, Spain lies the Metropol Parasol, which claims to be the largest wooden structure in the world. The building is made up of linked “Mushroom-shaped” columns constructed of latticed wood. The shape of the building is fluid but due to the construction style, the wood has a latticed wafer finish. The building houses bars, restaurants, stunning plazas and an archaeological museum.
AIIM P&D Building at University of Wollongong
The Australian Institute for Innovative Material, Processing and Devices is a beautiful construction of angular styles and deep hues. The building houses some of the most advanced microscopes in the world and so it had to be created with non-ferrous metals. The structure is illuminated with natural light, which causes the building to be more energy efficient.
Globe of Science and Innovation at CERN
This innovative structure in Switzerland is a stunningly imaginative globe shape and houses the “The Universe of Particles” exhibition. The building appears as a round formation with wooden pieces positioned in a vent-like design on the exterior. This enables the building to glow as the indoor lighting seeps warm rays through the building.
METLA Forest Research Centre
This earthly arcadia of perpendicular timber has made it’s home in Finland. The outer walls reproduce a wooden flooring effect in that each board is neatly positioned next to its neighbour. Each wall is a flush piece of wooden art. The windows are beautifully slim and part of the building has a large window area, which breathes a warm ember.
Earth Sciences Building at The University of British Columbia
The ESM Building in situated in Vancouver, Canada is a beautifully constructed research and teaching centre that spans across five stories. It is a combination of wooden hybridity with some of the building giving way to large wooden pieces and others areas a combination of steel and wood. The facility irradiates a natural but modern twist.
As you can see from the examples above, wood is truly a classic but contemporary entity that can mould a building into an eco habitat of elegance. Our oak flooring is carefully designed and crafted to create that very habitat for your home. Whether you preferred unfinished, lacquered or even hand scraped oak we have a whole variety ready for your choosing. You can request a free sample of any of our oak flooring so you can add that final touch of elegance to your home.