Community Centre in Gnesta
Abstract: The building circulates around an atrium which clearly shows the communication up the building and enters daylight. The bearing in the building lies on pillars in laminated wood that fram the atrium and makes a rhythm along the entire facade. Firewalls against adjacent houses and stairwells help to stabilize the construction. To cope with the long spans, I have chosen to use cross-glued wood in the joists. A thicker slab lies on a load-bearing inner ceiling that is cross laminated wood similar to a V-shaped truss in profile. The idea of the ceiling is to remove beams and enable installations in the empty spaces. Since there are few load-bearing walls inside the building, it is possible to easily change floor plans according to future needs.
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