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The engineering of timber structures is our raison d-etre: at Ergodomus, we breathe, eat and sleep timber engineering in all its forms. Whether in the integration of traditional carpentry techniques into new buildings or in pushing the boundaries of advanced timber technologies, the process we undertake for every project begins the same way: with detailed discussions with clients and the other members of the design team to fully understand the technical challenges posed. Appropriate engineering responses are then considered and tailor-made solutions created for each of our clients.
Ergodomus was commissioned to design the engineered timber facade of the new main headquarters building of the Italian company ‘Durst’. A hybrid construction, the main structure is made of concrete, the building’s auditorium from steel and its undulating façade from CLT. The outer surface of this innovative engineered timber wall is faced with bespoke white panels. CLT proved to be less expensive than other structural facade materials whilst also guaranteeing the dimensional stability of the design’s curvature and locking in more than 140 tonnes of atmospheric CO2.
The complex geometries involved in accommodating more than 400 different windows (with no 90° angles!) in the undulating surface required very precise machining of more 1300 sq.m. of CLT. The design solution utilised a sophisticated BIM workflow using Rhinoceros + Grasshopper, Tekla (for steel), AutoCAD and HSBcad, with Ergodomus evolving a way to import “baked” Rhino files into HSBcad without losing information. The files were then exported them to CNC cutting machines.
The completed, dramatic facade is an outstanding example of WYDIWYG: What You Draw Is What You Get.
Monovolume – architecture+design
Frener & Reifer
Services offered by Ergodous: DfMA drawings, CNC files