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Rapidly-renewable raw material by AHEC
Photo: Alex de Rijke
The centre's unique architecture, which is intended to promote well-being and is partly the work of renowned architects, is an important component of the concept. The new building in Oldham, located on the grounds of a special clinic, was designed by London-based architecture and design studio dRMM as an open unit of glass and wood. For the solid wood structure, mainly American tulipwood from AHEC, a very fast renewable raw material from American deciduous forests, was used. In addition to the ecological aspect, the material also has a high strength-to-weight ratio, making it particularly suitable for structural engineering applications. The omnipresent natural material is used once again in the central dining table, which is made of recycled CLT from tulipwood. Read the detailed documentation on this project on page 63 of the issue 1+2/2018.