Binder Woodcenter Executive Pavilion / Matteo Thun & Partners

  • 06 Sep 2013
  • Office Buildings Offices Selected Works
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Architects: Matteo Thun & Partners
Location: ,
Project Leader Architecture: Bruno Franchi
Project Leader Interior Design: Uta Bahn
Architects In Charge: Oliver Hofmeister, Julia Leinfelder, Jens Seemüller
Interior Designer: Michael Catoir
Area: 4000.0 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Jens Weber

Landscaping: Laura Zampieri
Light Designer: Simone Fumagalli
Electronic System: Franz Binder GesmbH Holzindustrie, A – 6263 Fügen/Zillertal
Construction Documentation: Harald Dablander, Bahnhofstraße 2, A – 6361 Hopfgarten
Site Supervision: Ing.-Büro Seibold + Seibold, Kardinal-Preysing-Platz 14, D – 85072 Eichstätt
Statics: Merz Kaufmann Partner GmbH, Sägerstraße 4, A – 6850 Dornbirn
Technical And Sanitary Facilities: Ing.-Büro Angerer Walter, Kienbergstraße 33 a, A – 6200 Jenbach
Electric Planning: MS Consulting, Martin Scherbaum, Hans-Denck-Str. 16, D – 85051 Ingolstadt-Spitalhof
Shell Work: Dechant Baumanagement GmbH, Abt-Knauer-Str. 3, D – 96260 Weismain
Wood Construction: Sohm Holzbautechnik GmbH., Bühel 818, A – 6861 Alberschwende

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From the architect. Binder is one of the leading European companies in the wood industry. The clean-cut and precisely designed new executive pavilion of the Kösching wood mill to the north of Munich, Bavaria, is surrounded by warehouses: an all-glass central section (the entrance hall) and four lateral constructions, made of alternating glass and wooden panels, wedged into the former to create a clean-cut H-shaped base and two inner courtyards, two quiet, dry gardens on either side of the foyer.

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The first courtyard serves reception purposes, the second is more private. Together with the entrance structure they form a transparent sequence, an axis of visibility opening onto the surrounding countryside. Another axis perpendicular to the first runs lengthways right across the central section: a sort of crossroads for the eyes, visual trajectories melding the transition between inside and outside into a seamless flow of space. Everything is set beneath a large flat roof, a big wooden sheet with powerful overhangs, projecting over the courtyards like a wide-brimmed hat.

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The building programme is equally clear: administration offices and spaces for holding conferences and seminars, a single-storey office building which exploits, to the very last millimetre, the construction-perceptual properties of wood. But a very innovative kind of wood.

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The entire building is actually made of BBS panels (Binder-Brettsperrholz), one of the leading products in the Binder catalogue: large and very thick (27 cm) prefabricated sheets of multi-layered structural plywood (spruce and larch) made entirely of wood, geometrically combined in the least laborious way possible to form a versatile “raw material” for building. It has excellent heat, sound and fireproof properties and does not require any extra insulation. Full-height coplanar glass panels alternate with BBS panels of the same size to form a lively façade pattern framing the surrounding landscape: transparency and material substance to create an idea of contrast.

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The interiors duly follow suit, with dark shades on the surfaces and clear colours for the furniture; vice-versa, depending on the area involved, the finishes come in natural stone, felt, leather and wool, with custom-coatings for the office units. How to create a business card in the guise of architecture.


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  • Croco Dile

    A good quality building.