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Take a look at one climate-smart building that you can even recycle!
In early 2023 Stora Enso was once again the presenting sponsor for the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships at Planica, Slovenia. To welcome the guests and the athletes, they constructed a flex space, promotional pavilion that showcases sustainable wood products and the latest in climate-smart design.
As a leading provider of renewable products in packaging, biomaterials and wooden construction, and one of the largest private sustainable forest owners in the world, it’s no surprise that Stora Enso has developed an entirely recyclable and reusable building.
All of the building materials are 100% sustainable and were designed so they could be dismantled and repurposed for other construction projects after the 11-day championships. The architects, studio abiro and the team at CBD, d.o.o. worked closely with Stora Enso in the design process to find innovative ways to build while keeping the original wood products as unchanged as possible so they could be used in other buildings after the event.
The accordion rooftop, for example, uses Sylva™ by Stora Enso CLT Roofs to interconnect and transfer the load-bearing weight of the structure with the Sylva™ LVL Beams and Columns down into the foundations. And at the same time, keep all the simplicity of a house of cards that cleverly mirrors the surrounding mountains and playfully suggests a ski jump. Yet, each panel maintained their production dimensions and any drilling and inserts were kept to a minimum so they could be repurposed as easily as possible once dismantled.
The 700 m² decking and slatted wall elements were constructed using Sylva CLT Walls, which acted as shear walls, stiffening the structure. Thermowood® was added for cladding. Thermowood is produced using completely natural methods by heating and steaming redwood and uses no harmful chemicals. The thermal treatment improves the wood’s properties, opening it up to a wide range of applications and can withstand very demanding weather conditions. Just like all the other components, it too will be dismantled and reused in a number of other building projects.
In a world where construction and demolition waste accounts for a third of all the garbage, we hope Planica offers you a little creative inspiration for an alternative way to build and nudges us all a little further to ask ourselves: what if my next building project could be reduced, reused, or recycled too.
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