Constructing façades naturally with wood
The first thing anyone notices about a building is its façade. That initial glimpse of the outer shell leaves a lasting impression. This “skin” performs the dual function of pleasing the eye and protecting the building behind it. Timber façades date back a very long way – and can continue to prevail well into the future thanks to the design potential they offer, combined with the principles of construction.
Sustainability is already at the front of our minds during the architectural design phase. Wood is a CO2-neutral construction material that grows on our doorstep, fuelled entirely naturally by water and sunlight.
The right surface treatment can extend the life expectancy of this natural construction material.
Is there any other material that offers a wider range of potential design options for a façade than wood?
Wood provides natural protection against the weather.
The idea of a timber façade
Contemplating a wooden façade sets the planning team’s thought processes in motion. The location of the building and the aspects of its timber façades already set the parameters for the first stages of planning.
Wood as a material
Wood is a natural material that is increasingly coming to the fore in 21st-century construction. Is there any other material that offers a wider range of potential design options for a façade than wood?