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. www.americanhardwood.org
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