One of Europe's Largest Office & Warehouse Building Finished Construction
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Categories: Design, Technology & Construction
Original article by Kasun Illankoon
New office and warehouse on the outskirts of Gothenburg, Sweden have been completed. These two new buildings were completed with style and sustainability being prioritized in equal measure. Environmental performance had been the driving force to the design of one of Europe’s largest offices and warehouse buildings. Kebony Wood are being used by the architects, a global leader in the production of sustainable wood, for the entire exterior appearance, creating an office that stands out which embodies the drive for environmentally-friendly architecture and design in Europe.
Contractor from Exli AB Johann Johannson commented on the project saying, “Constructing one of Europe’s largest offices and warehouse buildings in solid wood has required commitment and innovation. The results are utterly unique.” He continued, “Unlike many other projects being designed and built today, we believe in the added value that a long-lasting, sustainable design delivers. Ideas and views of home homes, offices and warehouses should be constructed have changed with time. Quick-fix construction is neither sustainable, cheap nor a particularly smart long-term solution.”
Sjöklint Agenturer – a Nordic fashion agency came up with the idea to construct a solid-wood office building for future tenants and presented at the first design and construction meeting. It then became a collaborative effort between employees and subcontractors that want to work in an office space with they would feel proud of. The new office was built using smart, environmentally-friendly and innovative materials and methods. Kebony Wood was agreed on unanimously as an ideal material for the large-scale timber project.
Kebonys revolutionary technology was developed in Norway and is an environmentally friendly process which modified sustainably sourced softwoods by heating the wood with furfuryl alcohol – an agricultural by-product. By polymerising the wood’s cell wall, the softwoods permanently take on the attributes of tropical hardwood including high durability, hardness and dimensional stability. Kebony’s environmental credentials and its natural weathered aesthetic made it the ideal material for the new office.