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The new Kālida Sant Pau building in Barcelona uses thermally modified Tulipwood
23rd July 2019

The new Kālida Sant Pau building in Barcelona uses thermally modified Tulipwood

The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) has made a commitment to modern society and people’s well-being by donating thermal modification and highly skilled carpentry of American Tulipwood to the new Kālida Sant Pau building in Barcelona, a care centre for cancer patients.

AHEC has donated American tulipwood to two spaces of the new Kālida Sant Pau building in Barcelona: the outdoor pergola and the trellised façade. The building is designed by architect Benedetta Tabgliabue from Miralles Tagliabue EMBT studio, with interior design created by architect and interior designer Patricia Urquiola. The features of thermally modified Tulipwood provide resistance to weather conditions and add warmth and elegance to the building.

The pergola design, under which visitors pass to reach the main entrance to the building, has been designed to act as a protective layer covering the garden. The Tulipwood boards form small triangles and are framed by a steel structure, offering textural contrasts to the outdoor area. This design not only works to shield the outdoor space from surrounding buildings, it also offers an escape from the traditional hospital environment.

The trellised façade consists of horizontal thermally modified Tulipwood slats that allow light to filter through and offer views of the Hospital de Sant Pau complex, whilst still preserving the patients’ privacy.

According to Benedetta Tagliabue, The use of thermo-treated tulipwood was an excellent choice for the outdoor elements of the Kālida Sant Pau building because it has allowed us to add elegant wood elements and we have been able to use it in an optimum way for exterior applications”.

David Venables, European Director of AHEC, says, We believe that this technology is key for using wood in exterior applications. The market is growing, and designers and architects want to use wood, but for this to happen it has to perform well, look good and last or it simply won’t be used. Thermo-treated wood doesn’t use chemical products, it improves stability and has a minimal environmental impact compared to other techniques. We are delighted to have collaborated on the Kālida Sant Pau building and with this fantastic social initiative”.