The Influence of Timber Panels on Architecture

By Sandra Costa Santos.

Published by The Design Collection

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Since timber is naturally directional, timber products become directionally neutral only due to the progress in manufacture technology. This work studies timber panels with a view to analyse their influence on the architectural form. From a design point of view, two sub-categories are defined. These are solid panels, and optimised panels. Solid panels have a homogeneous and compact section and their thicknesses are relatively small. Composite panels are generally made up with two boards and an inner structure to which they are bonded. The work concludes that the two main typologies of timber panels influence design in a different way: due to their homogeneous inner structure, solid panels allow flexible cutting of the openings, and loads and supports can be placed with few limitations. In the other hand, optimised section panels require more planning and should be treated as finished elements.

Keywords: Timber Manufacturing, Timber Panel, Solid Timber Panel, Optimised Section Panel, Timber Architecture

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.51-58. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1012.272KB).

Dr. Sandra Costa Santos

BSc. Coordinator, Architecture, CESUGA, CESUGA, University College Dublin, A Coruna, Spain

Sandra Costa Santos is an architect and teaches architecture at CESUGA-University College Dublin. Having previously taught at the Duncan Jordanstone School of Architecture (University of Dundee, United Kingdom), and practiced in Edinburgh, U. K., she is now based in Spain.

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