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.