25.03.2019

New 3D design techniques creating flexible and traceable wooden façades

Wooden façades play a vital role in the aesthetics and safety of a building, and by pairing the latest software and hardware, Schlyter Gezelius is producing sustainable building façades that allow greater creativity and require less maintenance.

Wooden Facades, Developed by: Schlyter / Gezelius Arkitektkontor 

By combining a tradition of wooden construction with the latest digital design techniques and high-tech industrial processes for producing wooden construction materials, Schlyter Gezelius is developing a new CLT façade system. The system allows completely customisable façades to be designed to the specification of individual buildings, creating unique, flexible and highly crafted façade elements. These digital designs are brought to life by matching software with the latest milling hardware, using the data files to set the saw with millimetre precision. The project has produced several successful prototypes and now that patents have been approved, 2019 will see the project ramp up to commercial scale.

Façades form buildings’ first line of defence from the outside world, and are the most icon and visible part of most buildings, meaning that it’s important to get them right from both an aesthetic and safety perspective. Aging, maintenance and fire safety are all causes for concern when selecting a façade, but this project’s approach produces façades that deliver on all those fronts, aging well, withstanding wear and protecting against moisture. Schlyter Gezelius puts an emphasis on traceability of the products, and is working with the entire supply chain, from forestry through production to end-users to improve the traceability of the wood used to manufacture the façades.

Benefits

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  • innovation benifits title: INNOVATION
  • innovation benifits text: This project is utilising 3D design software, paired with the latest milling hardware to create entirely new ways of working with wooden façades that offer architects new flexibility to let their creativity run free.
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  • partnership benifits title: PARTNERSHIPS
  • partnership benifits text: This has been a research-led project with Research Institute of Sweden (RISE) and Luleå University of Technology (LTU), bringing in collaborators from forestry, pro-duction, construction and housing developers and end-users.
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  • economic benifits title: ENVIRONMENT
  • economic benifits text: The new techniques used here reduce the waste created during the production phase, and are built to last with very limited maintenance, meaning more efficient use of forest resources.

The Nordic Wood in Construction Secretariat is hosted by EIT Climate-KIC

The project is funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers.