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Binder Woodcenter Executive Pavilion / Matteo Thun & Partners

Binder Woodcenter Executive Pavilion / Matteo Thun & Partners
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  • Landscaping:Laura Zampieri
  • Light Designer:Simone Fumagalli
  • Electronic System:Franz Binder GesmbH Holzindustrie
  • Construction Documentation:Harald Dablander
  • Statics:Merz Kaufmann & Partner
  • Technical And Sanitary Facilities:Ing.-Büro Angerer Walter
  • Electric Planning:MS Consulting, Martin Scherbaum
  • Shell Work:Dechant Baumanagement GmbH
  • Wood Construction:Sohm Holzbautechnik GmbH
  • Project Leader Architecture:Bruno Franchi
  • Project Leader Interior Design:Uta Bahn
  • Architects In Charge:Oliver Hofmeister, Julia Leinfelder, Jens Seemüller
  • Interior Designer:Michael Catoir
  • City:Kösching
  • Country:Germany
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Text description provided by the architects. 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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Address:Kösching, Germany

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Cite: "Binder Woodcenter Executive Pavilion / Matteo Thun & Partners" 06 Sep 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/423304/binder-woodcenter-executive-pavilion-matteo-thun-and-partners> ISSN 0719-8884
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