Arcwood Office

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Architect

Kadarik Tüür Architects

Project team

Ott Kadarik, Mihkel Tüür, Aleksei Petrov, Priit Hamer, Krista Kohv, Harri Kaplan

Interior design

Kadri Tamme, Liis Saarnak, Harri Kaplan

Engineering

Laur Lõvi, Indrek Mäe

Location

Pärnaõie 32, Põlva 63306, Põlva County

Size

8,800 m2

Status

Completed, 2016

Client

Peetri Puit OÜ

Photos

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Typology

Industry & Infrastructure, Sustainability, Awarded, Wood

Tags

Industrial & infrastructure, Wood, Awarded, Sustainable, Factory & production

Arcwood by Peetri Puit is an Estonian company that produces engineered wood products from laminated wood to CLT panels. Their new factory, situated in south-east Estonia opened in 2016. The complex incorporates the office block and the production plant, with the office area acting as a presentable entrance for both the employees of the office as well as workers of the factory. The office wing is especially striking when it is lit up in dark.

Initially the intention of the client was to create two separate buildings, but during the design process these two merged together. The entire complex was constructed out of wood – the main load-bearing construction is made from laminated timber while CLT panels are used for walls. As a calling card for the company these structures are all displayed and visible – showing to the would-be clients the belief of the company in its own products. The building also features areas where glass is used in the inserted ceilings, showing the clients – and everyone else interested in timber architecture – all the layers in the ceiling of a timber house. As the material is susceptible to damage from the elements the exterior wood elements are protected from the sun, wind and rain with a double facade made of glass. The space in-between the outer and inner wall is used as a balcony.

As the main theme the extensive use of wood also continues in the interior by Kadri Tamme and the factory area uses imposing glu-lam load bearing elements in its construction. The production area takes up most of the overall volume of the complex, the office wing is less than 1/10 of the entire complex. On the first floor of the office wing there are changing rooms and a recreational area for the factory workers, on the second floor there is the office area with meeting rooms, kitchen, etc.