Precision at the Kunsthaus Zürich

The recently completed extension to the Museum Kunsthaus Zürich by David Chipperfield Architects Berlin uses brass, exposed concrete, marble and oak floorboards. Together with the architects, wooden-floor manufacturer Wimmer has succeeded in effectively integrating the natural material into the museum architecture on a floor area totalling 4600 m2. Exhibition halls are characterised by the clean lines of the hand-picked floorboards. The veneers from almost 100 oak trees were sorted and individually numbered to ensure the consistency of the floor pattern during subsequent installation. The raw material comes from 100 %-sustainable forests, and the planks have a three-layer structure. Only the upper 5-mm top layer is made of oak. The substructure is made of fast-growing spruce and glued emission-free. According to the manufacturer, the amount of rework needed on the wear layer is reduced to a minimum.

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