HASSLACHER NORICA TIMBER, from wood to wonders
HASSLACHER NORICA TIMBER, from wood to wonders

Freeform glued laminated timber

A driver of innovation: Campus Cherrywood

As one of the oldest renewable building materials in history, wood is currently experiencing an increased demand around the world. Timber construction can play a role in contributing to decarbonisation with large-volume, multi-storey buildings projects. The HASSLACHER Group prioritizes this product development as a  leading supplier for modern timber construction  considering the increasing complex requirements of clients, architects, general contractors and project developers.

Freeform glued laminated timber

Free-formed glued laminated timber elements and structures are at the forefront of engineered timber architecture. In addition to the imagination of designers and technical skills of timber construction engineers, it requires specially developed production and press technology. Another potential feature of freeform glulam beams is the possibility to realise free-formed hybrid elements, for instance a core cross-section made of spruce and an outter layer of made from white oak.

Campus Cherrywood - A three-dimensional roof for Dublin

The impressive roof made of wood and glass and measuring approximately 25 m x 19 m, covers a "Sunken Garden" on the grounds of "Campus Cherrywood", a business park for innovative start-ups and companies in the fields of biotechnology and medical technology. Benjamin Thomas from MOLA Architecture in Ireland is behind this innovate design.

The Concept

The free-formed lattice structure made from glued laminated timber is curved along two axes and covered with free-formed glass membranes that also serve as the roof membrane. The entire building rests on three pairs of steel supports arranged in a v-shape that dissipate the vertical and – thanks to their special orientation –the horizontal loads created by wind and earthquakes.

HASSLACHER Holzbauteile GmbH & Co. KG produced and supplied the glulam. As one can imagine, the planning and production of the free-formed exterior glulam components presented particular challenges which were overcome by the experience and technical expertise within the HASSLACHER Group. The individual components made of spruce glulam were bonded in Kleinheubach on a 3-D press and then milled into shape with millimetre precision on a 5-axis CNC machine.

Data & facts

Campus Cherrywood – Timber
Canopy over the Sunken Garden in Dublin

Building element supplier
HASSLACHER Holzbauteile GmbH & Co. KG

Dublin, Ireland

MOLA Architecture

Products used
Free-form glued laminated timber
Spruce in visible quality

Picture: © HASSLACHER Gruppe | Benjamin Thomas

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