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Wallon Forestry Centre

Situated in the middle of the Ardennes Forest in Belgium, the building is used to treat silviculture seeds

Because wood manufacturing is an important aspect of the region’s economy, the building’s owner wanted to symbolise this by using wood in a highly technical manner. The building comprises a workshop, a series of cold storage areas, offices and laboratories. The dome-like structure utilises small double-layered 6 m long pieces of wood to form one continuous structural element (called a gridshell). Joined together with steel bolts, the wooden elements are covered in laminated glass tiles to provide a transparent cladding that covers the entire building. The visual presence of the structure against the surrounding landscape remains one of building’s greatest achievements.

Awards:

Finalist Trends 1994 Building of the Year, Belgium
1996 Euro-Belgian Architectural Awards