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OAK’s Accoya Wood Sneek Bridge Has an Upturned Boat Shape That Captures the Region’s Maritime Spirit

Posted By Molly Cotter On November 21, 2011 @ 12:08 pm In Architecture,Gallery,Green Building | No Comments

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Known for its rich maritime past, Sneek [2] wanted the town’s entry bridge to be a symbol of its history. OAK’s woven wood design representing an upturned boat beat out hundreds of others in a regional competition for the landmark.¬†All bridges in the Netherlands must meet a minimum 80 year lifespan requirement and while steel bridges last nearly 55 years, and concrete 90 years, accoya wood [3] was chosen as the ideal material not only for its durability but also for its complete lack of CO2 emissions, making it over 50% cleaner than other materials.

Accoya is artificially created from nearly every other natural wood source. It goes through a non-toxic modification process that prevents fungal decay and makes it incredibly stable. The material itself is sourced entirely from FSC [4] and PEFC certified [5] timber forests and is Cradle to Cradle [6] Gold certified.

The whole bridge, measuring 1,134 meters including two traffic lanes and a bike lane, used only 1,200 cubic meters of accoya wood. Manufactured offsite and then craned into place, the supporting beams of the bridge are finger jointed [7] together, requiring a minimal amount of additional material.

+ Achterbosch Architectuur [8]

Via archdaily [9]

Images via Achterbosch Architectuur

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=326124

[2] Sneek: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sneek

[3] accoya wood: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accoya_wood

[4] FSC: http://www.fsc.org/

[5] PEFC certified: http://www.pefc.org/

[6] Cradle to Cradle: http://www.mbdc.com/detail.aspx?linkid=2&sublink=8

[7] finger jointed: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finger_joint

[8] + Achterbosch Architectuur: http://www.achterboscharchitectuur.nl/

[9] archdaily: http://www.archdaily.com/184653/sneek-bridge-achterbosch-architectuur-with-onix/

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