Nature-inspired facades by Lunawood - Lunawood
18.6.2024

Nature-inspired facades by Lunawood

Embracing Nature in Urban Architecture

In today’s fast-paced urban environments, reconnecting with nature has become more crucial than ever. Our company, Lunawood, is dedicated to bridging this gap by offering sustainable and long-lasting wood products that bring a touch of nature into urban settings. Our thermally modified wood, known as Lunawood Thermowood, is crafted using only heat and steam, ensuring a chemical-free, environmentally friendly product. This unique process enhances the wood’s durability and weather resistance, making it an ideal choice for various architectural applications.

Our products are not just about aesthetics; they are about creating a harmonious blend of nature and urban life. By using certified and renewable Nordic forests, we ensure that our wood products are sustainable and contribute positively to the environment. This commitment to sustainability and quality has inspired architects and designers worldwide to incorporate our products into their projects, creating stunning facades that stand the test of time.

The Beauty of Thermally Modified Wood

Thermally modified wood, or Thermowood, undergoes a unique process that enhances its natural properties. By using heat and steam, the wood becomes more dimensionally stable and weatherproof, without the need for chemicals. This makes Lunawood Thermowood an excellent choice for facades, interiors, and landscaping in all climatic conditions. The thermal modification process not only improves the wood’s durability but also brings out its natural beauty, making it a preferred material for architects and designers.
Read more about the process here.

One of the standout features of Lunawood Thermowood is its ability to maintain its appearance over time. Unlike untreated wood, which is prone to warp and rot, thermally modified wood remains stable and retains its aesthetic appeal. This makes it an ideal choice for exterior applications, where it can withstand the elements and continue to look beautiful for years to come.

Innovative Cladding Solutions

Our 3D cladding products are designed to give walls and ceilings a contemporary, three-dimensional appearance with easy installation. These claddings are suitable for both exterior and interior applications, offering versatility and aesthetic appeal. The premium 3D profiles we offer are made from thermally modified Nordic wood, ensuring they can withstand all climate conditions. The tongue and groove profile of these claddings makes them quick and easy to install, providing a final result that resembles a batten surface much faster than installing individual battens.

Among our popular 3D panels is the Luna Triple, which features two deep grooves and three battens of equal width. This design creates a subtle yet distinctive batten look, perfect for exterior cladding and ceilings. The Luna Triple has even won the Sustainable Product category in the Architecture MasterPrize 2021, highlighting its innovative design and environmental benefits.


Lunawood’s thermally modified Luna Duo cladding gives a modern three-dimensional appearance

 

Versatile Facade Options

Our range of facade options includes factory-painted products that cater to various aesthetic preferences. For instance, the Luna Pro Coated Pure in black offers a dramatic look that blends seamlessly with its surroundings. This product features a brushed surface that makes the wood grain visible, adding a natural feel to the facade. The durable Tikkurila Ultra Pro paint used in this product protects the wood from moisture, sunlight, dirt, and cracking, ensuring a long-lasting finish.

Another popular option is the Luna Arctic Layer, which offers a premium gray finish with a pre-aged look. This treatment is achieved with a non-toxic coating that wears off over time, revealing naturally grayed wood.

Cladding Orientations for Enhanced Aesthetics

The orientation of cladding installation significantly influences the aesthetic appeal of a building. Traditional horizontal and vertical cladding orientations have been supplemented by innovative approaches, such as diagonal installations and combinations of varying orientations and panel dimensions. Regardless of the installation orientation chosen, the selection of wood material is crucial for achieving a solution that meets all requisite standards and ensures longevity.

Vertical cladding, for instance, has become popular in modern architecture due to its visual impact. Long vertical lines in cladding give the facade an appearance of added height, making it well-suited to smaller buildings and private residences. On the other hand, horizontal cladding is often associated with a traditional style but can be used creatively to achieve a unique look. Diagonal installations and combinations of different orientations can add a dynamic element to the facade, making it stand out.

Diagonal Lunawood cladding

The Casa A, designed by REM’A Arquitectos, takes advantage of the diagonal exterior cladding

 

Weathering and Maintenance

Like all timber products, Lunawood Thermowood will undergo a natural aging process when exposed to the elements. Over time, the wood will develop a beautiful silver-gray patina due to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. This weathering process adds character to the wood, enhancing its natural beauty. However, the rate of weathering can vary depending on factors such as sun exposure, orientation, and local climate conditions.
To maintain the original appearance of Lunawood Thermowood, we recommended to read more about the maintenance of Thermowood here.

Conclusion

Our commitment to sustainability and quality has made Lunawood Thermowood a preferred choice for architects and designers worldwide. By offering innovative and versatile wood products, we help create stunning facades that reconnect urban people with nature. Whether used for exterior cladding, interior applications, or landscaping, our thermally modified wood products provide a durable, weather-resistant, and aesthetically pleasing solution for various architectural needs.

Explore the possibilities with Lunawood Thermowood and discover how our nature-inspired facades can transform your next project.

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