Wood, as a building material, is used in ways which were almost impossible to foresee just a few years ago.
The growing concern for sustainability along with the need of preserving existing resources and making the best possible use of them, have led indeed to a radical change also in the choice of building materials. Wood has become the primary element of a lifestyle oriented towards wellbeing, efficiency and harmony with nature.
The MUSE gallery Innovare in Trentino, dedicated to local research and innovation, shows the peculiar features of this material, from the viewpoint of its technological, energetic and architectural application. New methods of harvesting timber, multi-storey wood buildings, furniture, zero impact wood processing, construction and design: they all contribute to an all-round view on wood –
a constantly changing living matter, old as the world is and new as the dawn. ("WOOD. Legno, edilizia e tecnologia", Muse-Museo delle Scienze, Trento, Italy, 2014).
Concept and executive design by DUOPUU with Cnr-Ivalsa and Muse; graphic design by pupilla grafik. DUOPUU would like to thank the following: Giovanna F, Giovanna B, Martino, Marco, Max, Alberto, Labess and Kuba (Ivalsa); Alessandra and David (Muse).
Without the passion and the work of professor Ario Ceccotti the tables of WOOD would have been empty.
DUOPUU is teaching in a "Carpentry and joinery course", financed by European Social Fund, at the "CFP-Veronesi" Rovereto professional training school. Partecipants – fifteen unemployed workers from all over the world – must learn to design and build timber roofs, traditional floors and joints. Thanks to Ljuan, Michel, Mohamed, Muhammad, Mustapha, Nouredine, Stefano, Zulfi, Elkin, Ionel, Khaled… you are great carpenters!
Concept and executive design of two prefabricated wooden houses to set-up in a small field of hazelnut trees at Levico, near Trento. DUOPUU is studying a new construction system in order to build two twin ecological houses 100% in the factory and then transport and assemble them in few days on the final site. [client: private; details: private houses 180 sq. m. tot; status: on-going]
XS Ivalsa Prototype is a single prefabricated and transportable housing module designed by DUOPUU and Cnr-Ivalsa Wood building design lab. The module – 11 sqm floor area; m 2,40 X 5,50 base area; m 2,80 height – consists of a transformable living room with kitchen, bed and table as well as one bathroom: XS is a "sustainable wooden caravan" made of 90% renewable materials based on wood, without any toxic treatments. The prototype has been prefabricated in the Ivalsa labs in 5 days ready to be moved by truck to the final destination, in order to be quickly installed and used. Using this first XS prototype as a starting point, DUOPUU is developing an innovative construction system for X-Lam (cross laminated timber panels) modular buildings of different size by assembling a series of prefabricated wooden modules, built entirely in the factory, easily transportable and mountable to obtain the final building in a few steps and short construction phases.More about XS
DUOPUU with Stefania Presti designed a two-story wooden house – sitting among hills in the Northern Italy, near Brescia – for a very special musician called "Asso" who wanted to restore his old storehouse and turn it into a studio to play instruments (first floor) and a small flat to live with his family (second floor). High levels of sound and thermal insulation for the external walls, floor and roof were studied in order to completely insulate the studio from the flat and the neighbourhood, and to guarantee a low energy demand to heat and cool the house. A construction system based on X-Lam cross laminated timber panels for the load bearing structure was chosen with special wood fibre insulation boards fixed both externally and internally to the structures. Fire resistance is assured by double gypsum fibre boards fixed on the external side of the inner insulation boards. The 90% of the building components are made of renewable materials: wood, paper, gypsum and clay. [client: private; details: private house 140 sq. m.; status: not built]
MIT Sustainable Connected Home is a transportable prototype house designed by DUOPUU and Cnr-Ivalsa Wood building design lab, within an international research project carried out by the Mel Mobile Experience Lab of MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology and FBK Fondazione Bruno Kessler. Different disciplines have been involved in the MIT prototype: from architecture to information and communication technologies, from timber building technologies to home automation. The goal of the project was to design the building envelope as a modular, transportable structure of sustainable components made out of wood and, at the same time, create a network of sensors - actuators - control systems to optimise the overall performance of the house. Watch the official video. More about MIT