Top 10 projects of 2022
2022 has been a fantastic year for projects, as demonstrated by the sheer variation available, from exterior cladding to greenhouses to sculptures —the possibilities have really been endless! This year more than ever, our projects show off Accoya’s versatility and durability by standing the test of time. Sustainability has also become an increasingly vital trend for clients, and while several governments and large companies are committing to net-zero targets, reducing emissions is a global target. As we reflect on the year that’s just been, we believe that the performance and sustainability of Accoya will continue to enhance even more projects in 2023, but in the meantime, here are 10 of the best projects of 2022.
1. Hotel Rotterdam Airport
First off, we have the Hotel Rotterdam Airport. This is a special project in a special location, as it is not often that you get to build right next door to Rotterdam Airport. Accoya was chosen by both the contractor and the architects as the perfect material to use for cladding. The most important aspect of the wood was its need to be fire-resistant as well as durable, stable, and sustainable.
The underlying idea in the age we now live in is to construct safe buildings by adhering to the strict criteria that go with it. Let’s not forget the emphasis on sustainability, which is becoming increasingly important. For this project, the aspect of sustainability in connection with the environment and the surroundings is not only represented by the Accoya façade cladding but also by the plants that decorate it. In this way, all parts of the building have contributed towards creating a beautiful, stable, sustainable hotel that gives its guests a warm welcome.
2. Waldens Farmhouse
Walden’s Farm, located in West Grimstead, Salisbury, is one to pin to the top of your sustainable building materials board, incorporating Accoya for the cladding, decking, and doors for the property. It was vital for the architects that the strong farming roots of the location be celebrated, and the natural Accoya timber cladding assists the stone features of the land, such as existing barns and outbuildings, to achieve just that! Not only has Accoya helped maintain the property’s character, but also its high performance and durability will make these features last a lifetime! To keep in tune with the natural theme, Accoya is derived from fast-growing sustainable forests, contributing to lower carbon emissions for a healthier planet.
3. Herdsman Lake Regional Park
Accoya was chosen for the material used for the Olive Seymour Boardwalk located at Herdsman Lake Regional Park. As a result of the previous boardwalk made using Jarrah rotting, Accoya wood was used to replace decking boards, handrails, and joists.
4. Marisol Malibu Residence
This exceptional home is California’s very first “zero-carbon” home, meaning that 100% of the home’s energy must be renewable and 100% of the embodied carbon emissions associated with construction are offset (by using things like sustainable lumber).
FSC-certified Accoya wood is used in several areas of the home for exterior cladding, interior ceiling cladding, and interior wall cladding. Along with Shou Sugi Ban, this is a traditional Japanese method of charring wood cladding to make it waterproof.
The design and construction plan included “carbon sequestering” techniques using sustainable wood and recycled concrete. For example, instead of using 80,000 pounds of steel, they replaced it with FSC mass timber. These materials were built together to not only look and feel exactly right, but to do right by our environment, so it was only right to include this project in the top 10!
5. RHS Bridgewater
The RHS embarked on ambitious plans to realise their fifth garden—a 154-acre site in the former Worsley New Hall grounds, on the outskirts of Salford. White Cottage Greenhouses were commissioned to design, manufacture, and install two large mono-pitch lean-to glasshouses in the new Paradise Garden, designed by Tom Stuart-Smith. The garden was created within a heritage landscape and is the first RHS garden in the North West of England’s climatic and ecological conditions.
White Cottage has been successfully manufacturing painted-timber greenhouses for many years. Their ethos has always been to create a genuine timber-framed greenhouse while minimising maintenance and decay risk. This made them the perfect fit for this project.
Over the last five years, White Cottage has shifted entirely over to Accoya wood, and so there was no other material choice for the Paradise Garden superstructures. With Accoya, excessive movement in tongue and groove boards is eliminated, meaning cracks in paint are far less likely to occur. There are time savings in the joinery manufacturing process, fewer defects such as knots, and better performance all around, as well as outstanding, guaranteed durability.
A key feature of Accoya is that the coatings will last longer than on other timber products. White Cottage believes that Accoya is easier to paint and requires less preparation than other timber alternatives.
6. Carinya residence
This private home illustrates that timber is a great material to use in your home. Accoya timber has been used for windows and doors in the main property, as well as for garage doors, out-buildings, a pedestrian gate with a pergola, driveway gates, and a picket fence.
The homeowners used Accoya-approved manufacturers, Against the Grain, for all elements of Accoya.
The Accoya wood has been coated in a variety of colours for this project. Accoya is the ideal material for coatings as it is so stable, and the limited movement all year round will prevent coatings from deteriorating. The stability will also allow windows and doors to move freely, as Accoya wood will shrink and swell much less than other wood species.
7. Please be seated
The uniquely designed piece of public artwork, Please Be Seated, was made from 1440 planks of Accoya timber and designed by London-based designers, Paul Cocksedge Studio. Accoya is a fantastic timber to use for sculptures such as this one due to its high performance, yet what is particularly outstanding is that you don’t need to sacrifice performance for non-sustainable timber. A key benefit of making Accoya the material of choice is the Cradle to Cradle Gold Certification. This recognises that Accoya is fully circular, with no added synthetic materials, fully recyclable, and non-toxic. The Accoya planks are supported by a framework of bent steel designed to be easily assembled and disassembled for travel.
The structure was fabricated in partnership with UAP, and the Accoya was sourced and supplied by a local Accoya-approved distributor, Jiangsu Dragon Wood (JDW). Paul Cocksedge Studio worked with JDW to complete and install, managing the entire process remotely as a result of COVID restrictions.
8. House at Vasco city
Ritikaa Wood Enterprises Pvt. Ltd. supplied Accoya wood windows, louvres and cladding for this newly built home in Vasco city.
Young homeowners used Opolis Architects to design their unique cantilever home with multiple courtyards to connect the inside with the outdoors seamlessly. This was achieved using the eight-foot high Accoya louvres.
All Accoya wood used has been coated in the same dark brown colour.
9. Fire Tower Kalmthoutse Heide
The Belgian Kalmthoutse Heide park has gained a valuable landmark: a new 42-metre-high fire watchtower. Architect NOHNIK and construction partners Bureau Bouwtechniek and Ingenieursbureau ABT Belgi created an elegant truss structure by perfectly combining wood and steel. From every angle, the fire watchtower offers a dynamic and panoramic view over the natural landscape of the Kalmthoutse Heide.
Accoya wood was the material of choice for the railings, balustrades, and fire watchtower—the ultimate contrast to the steel truss construction frame. A variation of wood thicknesses and spacing was used, creating a sophisticated look, and thanks to the colour and material combination of Accoya wood, the tower harmonises beautifully with the surrounding natural landscape.
10. Homes in the forest, Lithuania
A pair of newly built single-family houses reside in the heart of the forest near Vilnius.The adjacent plots were designed at the same time and use similar styles of architectural expression.
For one of the properties, alongside floor-to-ceiling windows and doors, cladding covers the entire exterior; however, two contrasting materials have been used. The front of the home is covered in rough ceramic bricks, each coloured dark brown. With textured edges and surfaces and vertical installation, the façade creates the appearance of tree bark. For the back of the building, natural Accoya wood cladding was chosen, also installed vertically in very narrow battens. Accoya was also used for the garden decking and walled garden snug, creating comfort and warmth.
The clients themselves requested to use Accoya wood, but the architect, Architektūros linija chose the style and finish of the cladding. Accoya is ideal for cladding in this environment because the quality material is warrantied to last, even in the harsh conditions of extreme cold in the winter and heat in the summer.
The surrounding natural environment heavily influenced the design and material choices. All of the cladding and decking was installed by a local Accoya sub-distributor, Argila. The Accoya wood was finished with ferrous sulphate to give the impression that weathering had already begun by turning the wood grey.