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UAE housing boom to drive wood market growth


With over 25,000 homes being added to the UAE’s residential market this year, the wood and furniture market is likely to witness solid growth. Wood and wood products are expected to get a solid boost from the $2.4-trillion worth of construction activities, especially when new home-owners start purchasing furniture and interior décor …

Editor’s pickSwimming among the trees

swimming pool, CLT, London, school, wood architecture

Image: Hawkins Brown Freemen’s School in Ashtead, England, boasts a new swimming facility with an exposed timber frame and deep, large windows that offer panoramic views of the surrounding woodland. Nestled amongst the trees, architecture firm Hawkins \ Brown chose white-stained cross-laminated timber and glue-laminated timber for the roof …

First wooden skyscraper proposed in Africa wins inaugural WAFX Prize


Designed by Hermann Kamte & Associates, Lagos’ Wooden Tower, the first wooden skyscraper to be proposed in Africa, aims to improve the living conditions of the residents in the city of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria. Recognised as one of the world’s most forward-looking architectural concepts, it won the Best Cultural Identity project of …

Potential benefits of cross-laminated timber revealed in study


A study conducted by Oregon BEST, a non-profit based in Portland, Oregon, United States (U.S.), and released in July 2017, shows that the production of cross-laminated timber (CLT) may be able to create significant job growth in the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. Made of layers of two-inch-thick dimensional wood glued over each other at a …

Dieffenbacher expands production site in Brno, Czech Republic

Dieffenbacher, Czech Republic

Dieffenbacher has increased its production capacities at Brno, Czech Republic, to include machines for wood chipping such as debarkers, chippers, mills or knife ring flakers “Thanks to the existing infrastructure and the qualifications of the staff, the Brno site is optimal. With this expansion we improve the level of value generation of …

Editor’s pickWEINMANN Treff welcomes pre-fab home industry to St Johann


WEINMANN hosted a small open house from Nov 23 – 24 for carpenters and the pre-fab home industry to get to know more about new developments in machine technology for solid wood processing. The event, held in St. Johann, Germany, welcomed over 300 visitors The WMS 060 multifunction bridge allows applications involving different wall …

Editor’s pickLombard Odier unveils new global headquarters in Bellevue


Lombard Odier recently unveiled its ambitious architectural project to build its new global headquarters in Bellevue, Geneva, by 2021. Designed by architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron, who was selected following a competition between eight local and international architectural firms, the project features ultra-contemporary architecture that …