8 real examples of oak curtain walling on façades

Technology has made glulam wood an extraordinary ally to architects seeking sustainability and warmth without renouncing creativity. The latest innovation is the use of oak on façades. Emblematic names such as Renzo Piano and Herzog & de Meuron already have faith in this unique wood to make all the difference to their projects.


The commitment to innovation in construction materials has given rise to an interesting paradox: wood, present in architecture since it began, in Neolithic times, has become the material of the future, that which will mark the way architecture will evolve.

Technology has played a large part in this development. The progress made in the structural capacity of glulam wood has given architects greater freedom to design their projects with greater sustainability and warmth. Until now, using only solid wood sometimes entailed conceding some creativity in the designs.

With the oak glulam beams with the CE marking for structural use, we gain elegance and sophistication along with function.

In addition to its load-bearing capacity and creative freedom, glulam wood is lightweight, has a lower carbon footprint, contributes to energy efficiency, and provides warmth and well-being. And now, with the arrival of oak glulam beams for façades, all these generic advantages are enriched by the touch of elegance and distinction of one of the most exquisite fine hardwoods there is.

See how oak makes the difference in these eight real examples of oak glulam wooden curtain walling, summarised here, which you can enjoy in greater depth by downloading this free ebook.


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1. Maison de l’Ordre des Avocats

  • TYPE OF PROJECT: Offices. Institutional building
  • LOCATION: Paris (France)
  • ARCHITECT: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
  • DATE OF EXECUTION: 2018-2019
  • PHOTOGRAPHY: © L.Zylberman / Graphix-Images


2.Cambridge Biomedical Campus

  • TYPE OF PROJECT: Medical research centre
  • LOCATION: Cambridge (United Kingdom)
  • ARCHITECT: Herzog & de Meuron
  • DATE OF EXECUTION: 2017-2019.
  • PHOTOGRAPHY: © Herzog & de Meuron


3. Gymnasium München Nord

  • TYPE OF PROJECT: Secondary school. Elite sports school
  • LOCATION: Munich (Germany)
  • ARCHITECT: h4a Gessert + Randecker Generalplaner
  • PHOTOGRAPHY: © Zooey Braun Fotografie


4. General Secretariat of the European Parliament

  • TYPE OF PROJECT: Zero-energy building
  • LOCATION: Luxembourg
  • ARCHITECT: Heinle, Wischer und Partner
  • DATE OF EXECUTION: 2015-2021
  • PHOTOGRAPHY: © Heinle, Wischer und Partner


5. Enovos

  • TYPE OF PROJECT: Headquarters
  • LOCATION: Esch-Sur-Alzette (Luxembourg)
  • ARCHITECT: Jim Clemes
  • PHOTOGRAPHY: © Jim Clemes


6. Vocational training centre, Sulingen

  • TYPE OF PROJECT: Education Vocational training centre
  • LOCATION: Sulingen (Germany)
  • ARCHITECT: BKS Architekten GmbH
  • PHOTOGRAPHY: © Ralf Buscher


7. Eichendorff school

  • TYPE OF PROJECT: Education Primary school
  • LOCATION: Stuttgart (Germany)
  • ARCHITECT: Hausmann Architekten GmbH
  • PHOTOGRAPHY: © Detlef Göckeritz


8. Obermenzing school

  • TYPE OF PROJECT: Education Secondary school
  • LOCATION: Munich (Germany)
  • ARCHITECT: Auer Weber Assoziierte GmbH
  • PHOTOGRAPHY: © Aldo Amoretti


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In this publication, each project is given context and ample illustration with various high quality images. If you’d like to find out more about the application of oak curtain walling, download our free ebook.


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