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Statement on Sustainability - CLT at Expo in Milan

10 June 2015
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Photo: Sono Architects

 

"Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life" - that's the theme of this year's World Expo in Milan. Some 20 million visitors are expected. From 1 May to 31 October 2015, 145 nations and five international organisations will be presenting new technologies and pioneering ideas in their pavilions, each covering an area between 500 and 4,500 m² in size. 

  

Slovenian pavilion built with Stora Enso's CLT

Particularly eye-catching is the Slovenian pavilion with its theme "I feel sLOVEnia, Green. Active. Healthy," which has been constructed primarily from wood and glass. The architects have combined a wood frame construction with load-bearing CLT elements produced by Stora Enso. It is no coincidence that CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) was chosen: The building material is considered a true all-rounder in the timber industry. And with its wooden pavilion Slovenia is consciously positioning itself as a country with a rich "wooden heritage." On the one hand, Slovenia is one of the most densely wooded countries in Europe. On the other hand, wood as a material looks back on an ancient tradition here.


The world's oldest wooden wheel, for example, was made around 5,200 years ago in Slovenia. CLT as a product, however, represents the most innovative technology in wood construction.

 

CLT inspires audiences at Expo 2015

The wooden pavilion, which covers an area of 800 m² was constructed by the Slovenian architectural practice "Sono Architects". Sono Architects unites a new generation of young architects, who are committed to the construction of modern, high-quality buildings. The basis of these buildings is a mix of architectural theory, including research studies, the search for suitable locations as well as constant testing of modern materials and new construction methods. The pavilion's pyramidal design with its geometric shapes evokes the landscape of Slovenia, where alpine mountains, Pannonian plains and Mediterranean hills combine to create fertile farmlands. This rich cultural landscape is represented by five prismatic gables.


Stora Enso's CLT was chosen because: "It is a building material that is perfect for quick and clean constructions. The high degree of prefabrication shortens the construction period, reduces dust and noise pollution while also saving on costs," says Herbert Jöbstl, SVP of Stora Enso Wood Products GmbH in Central Europe. Furthermore, the Expo's theme is almost an obligation to adopt ecological values and sustainability. The country pavilions should create harmony between nature and progress as well as innovation and tradition. Slovenia's contribution represents an intact ecosystem, in which natural resources are key for sustainable nutrition and quality of life.


In addition to the generous amount of space created inside the pavilion, there is another crucial advantage: The healthy climate in wooden buildings has been shown to have positive affects on human well-being. CLT creates a good ecological balance because wood is a renewable resource, which stores CO2 long-term. The timber used by Stora Enso in the production of CLT comes from certified sources. The pavilion's building safety was also an important consideration and one that is fully addressed by the use of CLT elements in the construction.