Swiss Beech for Apartment Building in Zurich

24.05.2016

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In the course of the renovation of an apartment building belonging to the PWG Foundation, the architects' office "kämpfen für architektur ag" (Zurich) increased the living space by 30% by timber construction. Generous balconies have been added outside for all apartments. Pressure-impregnated beech was used for this.

Beech wood, the efficient, underestimated material that would be available in large quantities in Switzerland, but is currently hardly used. Many institutes are currently looking for applications for beech wood. One contribution by Timbatec is the exemplary use of beech wood for balconies, which is actually not weatherproof but can be impregnated very well. This makes it a weatherproof material for exterior components. Timbatec engineers have developed details that allow the beech wood to move freely and still fulfil its load-bearing function at all times.    


The approximately 40 m3 of wood used comes from Swiss forests and was processed in Switzerland. This ensures short distances and the storage of around 40 tons of CO2.      


Following the general meeting of the Lignum Zurich, this building project was awarded the'Swiss Wood Mark of Origin'.

 
 
 

Switzerland:

Thun Branch

Timbatec Timber Construction Engineers Switzerland Ltd.

Niesenstrasse 1, 3600 Thun

Tel: +41 58 255 15 10

thun@timbatec.ch


Zürich Branch

Timbatec Timber Construction Engineers Switzerland Ltd.

Ausstellungsstrasse 36, 8005 Zürich

Tel: +41 58 255 15 20

zuerich@timbatec.ch


Delémont Branch

Timbatec Timber Construction Engineers Switzerland Ltd.

Avenue de la Gare 49, 2800 Delémont 

+41 58 255 15 40 

delemont@timbatec.ch


Bern Branch

Timbatec Timber Construction Engineers Switzerland Ltd.

Falkenplatz 1, 3012 Bern

Tel: +41 58 255 15 30

bern@timbatec.ch

Austria:

Headquarters Vienna (A) 

Timbatec Timber Construction Engineers GmbH
Im Werd 6/31a, 1020 Wien 
Tel: +43 720 2733 01

wien@timbatec.at


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