Vitsœ’s new headquarters show how great modern architecture is a team sport

By Lloyd Alter
November 15, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: International

It has been said that “success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan.” By that standard, Vitsœ’s new headquarters and factory is the most successful building ever, with many parents. …I first learned of the project when it was presented by architect Anthony Thistleton at the Wood Solutions Fair in Toronto a few weeks ago. …It is certainly innovative in its use of LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber); Where Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) is sometimes called plywood on steroids, LVL is like plywood on a diet, thin layers of veneer all lined up in the same direction.  …It is definitely understandable, as everything is exposed and “unfinished.” …It is also environmentally friendly. It is built from renewable wood, and according to the architects,…the new HQ and production building is naturally ventilated and naturally lit during daylight hours via its north-facing saw-tooth roof-lights.

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