First wooden commercial building in Spain to be built in Barcelona

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First wooden commercial building in Spain
The first wooden commercial building in Spain - an artists impression of the front of the new Witty Wood project Credit: Ballarin & Grinyo

First wooden commercial building in Spain to be built in Barcelona

FOLLOWING the lead of countries like Japan and Norway, Barcelona will house new a new wooden commercial building made entirely out of renewable wooden materials.

The building will be situated on Barcelona’s 22nd district and is designed by world renowned architects Ballarin & Grinyo.

Named ‘Witty Wood’, the structure will predominantly house office spaces and have a total area of 4,100 square metres of floor space.

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It is designed to have multiple benefits including absorption of electromagnetic waves from mobile phones and office equipment, regulate humidity inside as well as providing a less stressful environment to work in, with 66 per cent of workers preferring to work amongst natural materials.

“It is important to enhance the benefits of a wood construction as this material is a renewable resource that helps protect us from climate change by absorbing and fixing atmospheric CO2 inside”, said a spokesman from the architecture firm.

Construction of the innovative project is due to begin in 2020.


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