Timeless and beautiful in heartwood
Linolim AS is the developer of the 13 detached houses in the Åsbrekka project, while the contracting and property company, Kvadrat AS, run by brothers Hans Krøvel and Dag Badendyck, is the construction supervisor. Dag Badendyck is also an architect and has designed the homes.
“Linolim purchased the 3.5-acre plot in 2010. The zoning process has taken quite some time. Originally, the plot was a long gorge with an old house in the centre. We have used the gorge to build a basement for parking, making use of the natural landscape,” he explains.
Kvadrat has used heartwood on other earlier projects, but this is the first time they have used it on a building's façade.
We have built a number of houses with eco-friendly and sustainable materials, and this project is in a way a continuation of this. We chose Malm100 for the façades mainly because we think it is a very attractive material. It looks great and harmonises with the slate on the roofs,” continues Dag Badendyck.
“Colours were a major consideration in the design. It is not always that easy to get different colours to match. But as long as you use natural materials, they will always work together, even as they change with time. We are convinced that Malm100 is a timeless material that will last for many, many years, and will even endure changing fashions,” confirms Hans Krøvel.
The raw materials for Malm100 go through several rounds of sorting at Moelven Telemarksbruket, both in the raw material warehouse and in production. Telemarksbruket processes 50,000 pine logs a year, but only less than one percent are of good enough quality to be used as Malm100.
“Several years ago, heartwood was primarily used on the leisure market, but market demand has recently increased significantly for major projects such as detached housing, schools and nursing homes. We therefore decided to develop a product where we can guarantee a 100 percent content of heartwood, Malm100,” explains Product Manager Winfried Schaal at Moelven Wood Prosjekt.
The fact that pine trees with a high duramen content are a perfect material for façades has been known for thousands of years. Heartwood does not contain any heavy metals and therefore has a completely unique environmental profile. It has natural impregnation and can therefore be used without any form of treatment or chemical processing that may harm the environment. Heartwood can be treated with ferric sulphate to provide an even colour, and this process is also free of chemical substances.
“It is very encouraging for us to see Malm100 used in an increasing number of major projects, like the one in Voksenkollen. Even though we have special sorting for Malm100, it is still one of the most reasonably priced façade products we have,” confirms Winfried Schaal.
The detached houses in Voksenkollen will be put on the market when they are completed after the summer.
“This is an exclusive project targeting the discerning buyer, and we are confident that those who choose to live here will be people who want to enjoy the open countryside in this area. I’m sure they will also be attracted by the natural material on the façades,” explains Dag Badendyck.
“We could have used normal panelling on the façades, but this always needs maintenance after a couple of years. The fact that Malm100 is maintenance-free is yet another good sales argument,” believes Hans Krøvel.
The construction supervisors are very happy with the choice of slate on the roofs and Malm100 on the façades.
“We wanted to find contemporary yet timeless materials that match the general aesthetic appearance of the houses. It’s wonderful to see the interaction between the slate and the heartwood. It really is beautiful,” says Dag Badendyck.
Joiner and foreman from 4You Entreprenør AS, Juris Grindulis, is also delighted with Malm100. The company is a subcontractor for property developer Follohus and is responsible for building eight of the detached houses.
“This is the first time we have worked with Malm100. It is an easy material to work with and the size of the planks is good. The result is very attractive,” he says.