Education and environment

In the project for the bachillerato building of Oak House School in Barcelona, the ACCOYA® façade fulfils the first objective sought by the architectural studio: to integrate the construction into the landscape naturally.

Like the universe, cities tend to expand. The same thing happens to the microspaces that comprise them, the residential areas, which blend into each other, blurring limits, erasing borders, mixing origins.

Just like some specific physical spaces that are forced to extend their facilities to provide a better service. This is the case of the British school Oak House School in Barcelona, whose expansion plan included the construction of the building intended for highschool studies, with a façade clad with ACCOYA® acetylated wood.

Oak House School. Fachada ventilaza – Piezas machihembradas Accoya®

Oak House School | Arq: Trasbordo arquitectura y gerencia de construcción S.L. | Producto: Fachada ventilada – Piezas machihembradas Accoya®

History and landscape

This extension was opened up on land belonging to the school that had been occupied by an ancient villa with gardens. The architectural studio Trasbordo worked with two priority ideas: to listen to the history of the space where the building was going to be built and to respect the values of the landscape.

They managed to do so, and many other things, with a decision related to the building material of the façade: they gave the building a skin made of ACCOYA® sustainable wood, whose aesthetic characteristics helped give the building the natural link to its location, the foot of the Collserola mountains.

Oak House School. Fachada ventilaza – Piezas machihembradas Accoya®

Oak House School | Arq: Trasbordo arquitectura y gerencia de construcción S.L. | Producto: Fachada ventilada – Piezas machihembradas Accoya®

Oak House School. Fachada ventilaza – Piezas machihembradas Accoya®

Oak House School | Arq: Trasbordo arquitectura y gerencia de construcción S.L. | Producto: Fachada ventilada – Piezas machihembradas Accoya®

ACCOYA® wood: the perfect building material for sustainable architecture

Its qualities as one of the most resistant woods suitable for exteriors ended up tipping the scale. The architects used panels of ACCOYA® to promote natural ventilation, control the sunlight and reduce the noise from the outside. In addition to the façade, ACCOYA® wood is also used to clad the upper floor.

Oak House School. Fachada ventilaza – Piezas machihembradas Accoya®

Oak House School | Arq: Trasbordo arquitectura y gerencia de construcción S.L. | Producto: Fachada ventilada – Piezas machihembradas Accoya®

The revolutionary ACCOYA® wood guarantees top performance in exteriors. Its durability is achieved by subjecting the wood to a natural process, without toxins of any type, that makes the wood resistant to moulds and wood-eating insects.

ACCOYA® can take any finish and, like in northern European countries, it is used without any type of treatment. This aesthetic choice creates different, totally original façades, as the effects of the passage of time and the climate vary depending on factors such as its orientation to the sun. And with no need for maintenance.

Oak House School. Fachada ventilaza – Piezas machihembradas Accoya®

Oak House School | Arq: Trasbordo arquitectura y gerencia de construcción S.L. | Producto: Fachada ventilada – Piezas machihembradas Accoya®

All these properties enable manufacturers and distributors of ACCOYA@ to offer a 50-year written guarantee. And perhaps even more importantly, ACCOYA® acetylated wood is a building material that is more and more highly regarded by architects seeking to continue designing their projects without limiting their creativity and promoting sustainable architecture.