Wood In Architecture Issue 2, 2018

IN PERSON 37 WOOD IN ARCHITECTURE • ISSUE 2 • 2018 Multiple agreements have also been reached with large wood companies in Russia: Demidovo Plywood Mill and Syktyvkar Wood Industry Complex have clinched deals to export their products to Saudi Arabia. SVEZA company has also supplied birch plywood for construction projects in Abu-Dhabi, for the Park Hyatt hotel, Rosewood Abu Dhabi hotel, Al Bahar Tower office building and new airport terminal. Some of these products were on show in Dubai, including the SVEZA Laser, a slab form plywood that complies with industrial standards of manufacturers of flat cutting dice and other goods using laser cutting. INCREASING MARKET SHARE As Russia targets to increase its export share of value-added goods, the ministry is also studying global demand and manufacturing goods that will be in high demand in future. For example, Russia has increased its production capacity of OSB and LVL in the last few years. Another area of growth is wood construction. “While wood construction is often associated with country homes, modern technology is showing us that multi-storey buildings are possible in wood as well,” Evtukhov said. Already, construction of modern eco- blocks in Moscow and around have been developed. For instance, the Wood City residential block, a project in Moscow that covers the territories where old prefab concrete five-storey buildings are currently located. Some parts of these houses will be modernised using technologies for wooden building construction. In other words, the buildings will be a combination of stone and wood. Another project is the Sokol Town residential block in Moscow region, located near the natural forest. The priorities of the project are to make it affordable for the middle class as well as to have the block bled into the existing landscape. For the construction, the wood-framed panel technology will be used along with three types of finishing for the exterior: brick, metal and wooden. A school and a kindergarten are also planned to be constructed within the block. | WIA Russia has increased its production capacity of OSB and LVL in the last few years