Structural Timber Awards 2021

A Celebration of Sustainable Construction

Construction professionals were once again able to congregate at this prestigious awards ceremony on 06 October at the National Conference Centre, Birmingham – to celebrate architectural achievements and engineering ingenuity in timber construction. With 16 categories, nearly 250 entrants and over 60 companies shortlisted, the Structural Timber Award judges had an unenviable task. For this reason, we are all the more delighted that Eurban Construction, London won in the “Installer of the year” category at our common project Magdalene College, Cambridge.

Building dreams with Swiss wood

Building with wood is in keeping with the spirit of the times. When wood is burned, it only releases as much CO2 as it absorbed during growth. If it is built with wood, the CO2 remains bound. And the fact that wooden buildings can literally grow to the sky is demonstrated by various large-scale projects being worked on in Lungern. Even skyscrapers, bridges and indoor tennis courts are given their customized elements here.

Read the whole report of the “Schweizer Illustrierte” here (german).

FOX BROTHERS are at the Swiss Epic 2021

From Tuesday, 17 August to Saturday, 21 August, our salesman Christian Fuchs and his brother Markus will contest their 4th Swiss Epic together. The route leads over five days from St. Moritz to Valposchiavo, from where the participant teams will ride over the Scalettapass to Davos. With a total of 327 kilometres and 11,000 metres of altitude, the two-person teams will have to demonstrate not only the necessary fitness but also a fair amount of concentration and technical skills to be able to conquer the Alps in 2021. As a sponsor of the FOX Brothers, we are curious about the result and the impressions of the two participants.

The competition can be followed via the live tracker.


Conclusion after half-time:
The skills have already been put to the test a few times. Strong wind, steep climbs, many metres of altitude and long descents are part of the daily programme. Then there was a flat rear wheel on Thursday. However, the problem was quickly solved and so the FOX Brothers are still in 7th place in the Masters after the 3rd day.

Precision down to the last millimetre

The largest framework ever made of Swiss beech was installed at the Holzkraftwerk Basel 1. The over 36-metre-long individual pieces from Fagus Suisse SA serve not only as load-bearing elements, but also as the front of an extension. Here, the wood is subjected to tension and compression, the prime discipline of strong beech wood.

The framework used in Basel is a custom-made product that is second to none. Manufactured on the modern machine of Fagus Suisse SA in Les Breuleux in the Jura.
The wood, many metres long and made of beechwood, left the factory to be assembled into a framework by neue Holzbau AG in Lungern in the canton of Obwalden, which has a great deal of experience in the processing of hardwood.

Report Holzrevue 7/8-2021 (german)


Olympic gold in a golden design

In the past two weeks, Belinda Bencic flew around the world – but the starting point and destination of the journey were identical: the Bürgenstock Resort on Bürgenberg. There, Bencic prepared herself shortly before the Olympic Games and recharged her batteries. As she said in the interview, the tennis player was putting the finishing touches to her preparations for the competitions in Tokio on this very spot. Who knows how well the ceiling with our GSA-Technology helped her?

You can see the whole interview in the Luzerner Zeitung here (german). /

Building with hardwood

Hardwood – it seems – is in vogue

Lignum’s Holzbulletin issue 139/2021 shows the use of hardwood in load-bearing structures. The publication provides expert knowledge on the use of hardwood in building construction and shows successful architectural examples in detail.

> see Holzbulletin

Innovation promotion project: Wood-concrete composite system

Together with the Institute of Civil Engineering (IBI) at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, we have launched an innovation promotion project to meet the new requirements in timber construction. One component of our now extensive collection of GSA solutions is the wood-concrete composite system. Our project will further develop this system and transform it into a prefabricated component. Thus, concrete is no longer poured on the construction site, but in the factory. The aim is to be able to install the ceilings as prefabricated elements on the construction site at the same technical level and at a marketable price.
> SVC article for further reading (german)

The heaviest beech girders in Switzerland are assembled

The assembly of the truss girders made of beech wood, which form the extension of the new office building of Holzkraftwerk Basel AG, has been completed. In a special night transport from Lungern to Basel, the 37m long and 4.4m high truss girders made of 100% Swiss beech have been erected. The beech girders impress with their modern implementation in bonding using GSA-Technology and represent an innovative timber construction.
Client and contractor: Stamm Bau AG, Arlesheim

Council of States wants more wood for infrastructure

The Council of States wants more CO2-saving materials to be used for infrastructure buildings instead of reinforced concrete. It adopted a motion by Jakob Stark (SVP/TG) by 35 votes to 0, which focuses on wood as a material. 

Concrete is a fascinating building material. It will continue to be of great importance in the future. Its disadvantage is its broad CO2 footprint, which is why it can be supplemented or perhaps even replaced by wood materials in suitable areas. Mr. Stark, President of Lignum Holzwirtschaft, could imagine that, for example, wood-concrete hybrid construction could gain significant importance in the future by optimally combining the properties of the two building materials.

more info (german)

Mobile Forum for the Venice Architecture Biennale

The Geneva-based team of architects and artists sought support from BFH to create a temporary mobile construction. Part of their project was a travelling exhibition that would head to Venice before touring the Swiss border. They were looking for a lightweight vehicle that could easily be transformed into a forum using sustainable production methods.

A trailer was used as the chassis. Many of its components were able to be reused. For the superstructure, the vertical posts of the canopy were removed and replaced with a construction made of Swiss wood. The connections were made using well-known GSA-Technology ( Rigid frame corners mean the construction does not require any further bracing. The whole concept is an interplay of rigid and flexible elements. Spruce and ash absorb the compressive forces, while membranes and ropes absorb the tensile forces.

© Swiss Pavilion’s team of the Venice Architecture Biennale | © BFH