Muskaria residential complex
The restoration of the façade of this community on the Zarautz beachfront required a beautiful, sturdy and resistant wood like ACCOYA®.
If they so desire, the residents of this complex right on the seafront of the Guipuzcoa town of Zarautz can simply open the door, step out onto the sand and take a dip in the sea. Undisputable comfort that comes with a price: the wear of the construction materials due to the sun, salt and strong winds in the area, especially outside of summer.
The hallmark of these apartment blocks is their railings with wooden slats, that with the inclemency of the weather and the passage of time have lost their original image and even their functional capacity. That is why for this façade restoration project, the studio XS Arquitectura opted for a material with a high level of durability, resistance and beauty: ACCOYA® sustainable wood.
Acetylated wood: a natural treatment with no toxic substances
The principal virtue of ACCOYA® acetylated wood is its durability. This is achieved with a procedure that modifies the molecular structure of the wood without using any toxic components. The pieces of wood are submerged in a bath of natural reagents: carbon, oxygen and hydrogen.
This process, acetylation, treats the whole of the piece of wood, not just the surface, and the result a very hard wood, with great dimensional stability and resistance in cycles of stretching and shrinkage.
The ideal sustainable wood for exteriors, with a 50-year written guarantee
In addition, this natural alteration of the wood’s structure makes ACCOYA@ resistant to moulds and insects (for example, termites), which no longer recognise this wood as food.
The advantages of ACCOYA® are enjoyed by sustainable architects worldwide, who see in this material a creative and functional solution to integrate respect for the environment into their projects, while enjoying the beauty and other aesthetic qualities of wood.
The absolute quality and resistance of ACCOYA® wood enables its distributors, GRUPO GÁMIZ, to offer a 50-year written guarantee.
- Architectural studio: XS Arquitectura
- Architects: Borja Agirresarobe Lopetegi, Kerman Elizondo Arrieta
- Collaborators: Elisabeth Gesalaga Argote, Daniel Aramberri Rodríguez
- ACCOYA® distributor: GRUPO GÁMIZ
- Carpentry: Carpintería Zulaika
- Year: 2018