Sector Leisure and hospitality
Project type New build
Services provided Design
Product / system manufacture
Product / system supply
Year completed 2017
Project location Outside the UK
Client Roger Bernet
Consultant Kannewischer Bern
Contractor Lädrach Holzbau AG Konolfingen
Products used Kerto LVL Q-panels
 
 

Context

Building in Switzerland is extremely expensive. Swiss designer and wellness facility developer Roger Bernet has worked with numerous five-star hotels that have extensive budgets. Bernet wanted to create a unique, cost-effective concept for hotels with smaller budgets, but exquisite locations. When he envisioned the SPA-Bungalow, his criteria were:

  • A modular building
  • Strong, dimensionally stable material to endure alpine conditions
  • Lghtweight enough to allow easy helicopter transportation
  • Fire-safe and moisture-resistant to withstand steam from the sauna
  • A wood finish that could be left visible on nearly every surface
  • Ecological
  • Fast to build with

Product supplied

Metsä Wood’s laminated veneer lumber Kerto LVL is a state-of-the-art, lightweight engineered wood product that met every requirement Bernet had.

SPA-Bungalow consists of three wooden modules, all built exclusively from Kerto LVL Q-panels. Kerto LVL is a fast, light and green building material. It is dimensionally stable and does not warp or twist. Kerto LVL Q-panels are excellent for building stiff and high-quality floor, wall and roof structures.

The builders used Kerto LVL Q-panels in two sizes: 69 x 6000 x 2500mm for exterior walls and the roof, and 39 x 6000 x 2500mm for inner walls. Elements built from Kerto LVL Q-panels were first mechanically bolted and glued together. The modules were then lifted by crane to enable covering all the exteriors with fiberglass-reinforced plastic.

Once finished, SPA-Bungalow was completely weather-resistant and durable in extreme apline conditions.

Construction of the first SPA-Bungalow took two workers approximately four weeks. Future versions can be produced in less than half this time.


Context

Building in Switzerland is extremely expensive. Swiss designer and wellness facility developer Roger Bernet has worked with numerous five-star hotels that have extensive budgets. Bernet wanted to create a unique, cost-effective concept for hotels with smaller budgets, but exquisite locations. When he envisioned the SPA-Bungalow, his criteria were:

  • A modular building
  • Strong, dimensionally stable material to endure alpine conditions
  • Lghtweight enough to allow easy helicopter transportation
  • Fire-safe and moisture-resistant to withstand steam from the sauna
  • A wood finish that could be left visible on nearly every surface
  • Ecological
  • Fast to build with

Product supplied

Metsä Wood’s laminated veneer lumber Kerto LVL is a state-of-the-art, lightweight engineered wood product that met every requirement Bernet had.

SPA-Bungalow consists of three wooden modules, all built exclusively from Kerto LVL Q-panels. Kerto LVL is a fast, light and green building material. It is dimensionally stable and does not warp or twist. Kerto LVL Q-panels are excellent for building stiff and high-quality floor, wall and roof structures.

The builders used Kerto LVL Q-panels in two sizes: 69 x 6000 x 2500mm for exterior walls and the roof, and 39 x 6000 x 2500mm for inner walls. Elements built from Kerto LVL Q-panels were first mechanically bolted and glued together. The modules were then lifted by crane to enable covering all the exteriors with fiberglass-reinforced plastic.

Once finished, SPA-Bungalow was completely weather-resistant and durable in extreme apline conditions.

Construction of the first SPA-Bungalow took two workers approximately four weeks. Future versions can be produced in less than half this time.


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