Combat global warming
Unlike other structural materials, wood is one of the only building materials which stores CO2 through the process of photosynthesis during its growth phase.
FREE YOUR CREATIVE IMAGINATION
The architectural qualities of wood coupled with its excellent mechanical performance allow it to be integrated with a tremendous freedom of form into countless structures. Timber structures can be used in all manner of projects to deliver something that is both ecological and economical. A vast array of façade claddings materials to complete the building envelope are available: wood, mineral fibre panels, composite panels, glass, textile membranes etc….
The beauty of wood can be expressed in numerous structural formats: trusses, lattices, portals frames, shells…etc. Almost any shape is possible without being constrained by size or geometry. Wood comes in a vast array of natural colours and textures. It conveys an inherent warmth. Wood stains or paints enhance the available colour palette. Individual engineered elements help to impart elegance and refinement to the final structure. These elements can be rectilinear or curved. The natural durability of certain wood species means that they can be used outside; other species when treated with technologically advanced preservative systems also provide tremendous longevity.
Wood is a source of unlimited inspiration that reconnects humankind with nature.
Glued-laminated timber (Glulam) and solid wood structures
The wooden elements are manufactured with the aid of large robotic machines that receive direct instruction via software used to produce the 3D design models.
Glued-laminated timber has several technical advantages:
- Flame resistance
- Resistance to atmospheric changes and aggressive chemicals
- Dimensional stability during changes in temperature
- Acoustic qualities
- Aesthetic warmth & beauty
The advantage of dry construction
- Faster construction times: By definition, dry construction does not require the use of water or ‘wet trades’, therefore drying and curing periods are avoided during construction and the whole process is less weather dependent.
- Greater precision in the construction
- Off-site preparation of building elements, accurately prefabricated in factory conditions, for rapid assembly on site.
Structurally insulated panels (SIPs) & cross laminated timber (CLT) panels can be provided fully pre-fabricated with the inclusion of insulation and surface finishes.
Highly valued in passive construction, wood construction is particularly attractive to those who seek a healthy low energy building, with excellent thermal and aesthetic comfort.
Timber and steel superstructures
By combining timber with steel, SMC2 uses the intrinsic quality of each material for both structural integrity and architectural optimisation. Our engineering teams coordinate use of these materials for us to construct bold, elegant structures on your behalf.