Innovative use of glulam and solid wood
“The main challenge in this project was to make the stanchions a part of the expression. It has meant that we have had to be extremely accurate with all construction details, through concealing all installations and creating harmonic lines for the stanchions as well. All joints and joinings are hidden, all screws have been sunk and spackled, and all holes have been filled and sanded down,” explains architect Paul Kvanta from Ahrbom & Partner, who took part in drawing the building.
The building is shaped as a slightly askew square approx. 30 x 30 m in size with an entrance hall built around glulam stanchions. It's designed as a consecutive volume across three storeys with a common 1,000 m2 roof consisting of the “cassettes” that the glulam beams and solid wood beams form. Freely-hanging sound absorbers are attached to the cassettes.
The idea is to create a calm and harmonious, yet simultaneously monumental atmosphere, which is in line with its function as the main entrance to one of the country's foremost universities. The building has been named Ulls Hus.
For Moelven Töreboda AB, which has supplied the column/beam stanchions – and solid wood in cooperation with Austrian company Mayr Meinhof – Ulls Hus has been a unique project.
“It contains few standard components. Nearly everything in the project is specially scaled with very large sizes and high beams. This has contributed to significant volumes. Combined, we have supplied 500 m3 of glulam and 3,000 m3 of solid wood,” says director of Moelven Töreboda, Johan Åhlén.
“The fact that nearly all of the stanchions are visible has placed great demands on precision and work on details, and has made the finish particularly important,” he says.
- FACTS: ULLS HUS
- New main building at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
- Workplace for 95 people. Contains 9 meeting rooms
- Size: 24,000 m2 gross area.
- Erected: 2012-2015
- Architects: Ahrbom & Partner Arkitektkontor
- Designer: Bjerkings / Björn Johanson
- Supplier of stanchions and solid wood: Moelven Töreboda AB
- Client: Akademiska Hus in Uppsala