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.

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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