Gubia and Ohlab united in the design of a new wooden facade

Gubia and Ohlab united in the design of a new wooden facade

Today we are talking about a new project by the OHLAB architecture studio. A project that bets once again on the wooden facades and the technical solutions of Grupo GUBIA.

They are Parallel East & West, two residential buildings in the Bonanova neighborhood, in Palma de Mallorca. Both buildings have been designed to be sustainable and energy efficient. The 12 homes, with private pools, have their own private garden or a spectacular roof terrace with panoramic views over the bay of Palma, Cala Mayor and Illetas.

The flagship element is made up of its north and south facades, covered by huge folding wooden lattices, inspired by traditional Mediterranean lattices. The element in question is composed of thermo-treated wood slats with a section 42x65mm separated by 40mm. With a studied folding system that does not invade the interior space, the motorized wooden lattices open and close depending on the position of the sun. This mobile solution guarantees interior privacy and creates a constantly changing play of light and shadow inside each home, adding an extra touch of life to each space.

For the interior carpentry, the architecture studio has prescribed GUBIA wooden doors and cabinets. Oak wood will be the interior bet of these homes.

We like to give you the good news and the reason is that we have been working on a project that involves large-scale wooden lattices.


Wood lattice

Wood lattice

Since ancient times and in different cultures, the use of wooden lattices in architecture has been used as a frequent design element, creating lattices in a wide variety of materials. This was a long process of carving in wood that we are still aware of today. However, with the advancement of engineering and new practices, new construction methods have been developed and times have shortened.

Today we will focus on wooden lattices, which have been a constant in architecture for various purposes, from pure ventilation and protection from the sun to give the building’s identity stamp. Playing with wood allows us to let our imagination fly and create frameworks that adapt to our design, it is important to take into account an installation study as well as the respective construction details, taking into account the fittings for the type of wood chosen.


Celosías en madera móviles

Bamboo House  – Wallflower Architecture + Design

The types of latticework can be pivoting, folding, and sliding, leaving the creativity of architects and engineers to use the appropriate materials and fittings for each use. In this case, the chosen material was bamboo and we can see the curve that welcomes this element, forming an organic veil.


Celosías plegables

Plaza Municipal 47 – Arquitetura Nacional

In this example, the use of slats mounted on an aluminum frame could be fixed or mobile, being a classic version of the lattices applied in residential buildings. This type of configuration allows the user to personalize the space, modulating the entry of natural light through the manipulation of the wooden lattices.


Celosías móviles

The Abacus House – StudioXS

The composition of the different constructive resources results in projects as interesting as this one, The Abacus House, built with teak wood screwed to metal rods, the turn of the wooden pieces allows a dynamic facade that as a whole creates a changing art with the help of the sun.


Paseo de Mallorca 15 – OHLAB


Proyecto Paseo Mallorca 15 - OHLAB colaboración con Grupo Gubia

The Paseo de Mallorca 15 project of the Mallorcan studio with which we have been collaborating, obtains the Passivhaus certification thanks to several aspects, one of them being the building’s enveloping slats, with which an intelligent construction is achieved. The sliding lattices are made of 42 × 42, 68 × 42, and 90x42mm sections of pine exterior wood slats mounted on a frame thinking for the marine environment.

Modulo de estudio para fachada en Paseo de Mallorca 15 realizado por Grupo Gubia

Modulo de estudio para fachada en Paseo de Mallorca 15 realizado por Grupo Gubia

During the research work, aspects such as the joints of wood with other materials cannot be ignored, as they could end in permanent damage to the wood due to combining with elements of nature. It is also necessary to protect from factors such as water, so we will protect from the water outlets that would be in the facade if this were your application or we would see the way of some design with an inclination in the heads to reduce the contact time. It goes without saying that an installation thinking about the expansion of the wood or its absence is another way to prevent bad times.


Parallel – OHLAB

Parallel - OHLAB colaboración con Grupo Gubia

Another project we are proud of is Parallel, the building in which fixed and motorized folding horizontal wooden lattices are adapted to the light and ventilation needs required. The skin of the building inspired by Mediterranean pergolas recreates the play of sunlight on the façade.


Ejemplos de celosías correderas y plegables

Examples of sliding and folding lattices

The hybrid function that wood fulfills, adorning with its colors and textures at the same time as protecting from solar radiation, makes us explore the options of urban wooden boxes with the potential to reconfigure its front as desired.

Izq. Family House - Tempesta Tramparulo | Der. Vivienda para 4 amigos - Lussi+Partner AG + Lola Domenech

Left. Family House – Tempesta Tramparulo | Right. Housing for 4 friends – Lussi+Partner AG + Lola Domenech

The hybrid function that wood fulfills, adorning with its colors and textures while protecting from solar radiation, motivates us to explore the options of urban wooden boxes with the potential to reconfigure its front as desired. In this example of mobile folding lattices we can see the dynamism that is created in the facade completely covered with vertically arranged boards. A vibrant facade that earns its identity thanks to the envelope.

As you can see, the use of mobile lattices involves a preliminary study, as well as planning that our technical group can help solve. Please contact us here for any inquiry.

The Higher Council of Nursing advocates for the bamboo of GUBIA

The Higher Council of Nursing advocates for the bamboo of GUBIA

For a few months we have been working hand in hand with the construction company Aldara in the new headquarters of the Higher Council of Nursing. The building, located in Aravaca, has been designed by the architects Javier Aguilar Viyuela and Antonio López Andrino.

A few years ago, our technical department presented the different bamboo products of Grupo GUBIA to the EUSA architecture studio. Many of them become part of the building cladding.

The project revolves around two interior patios that are illuminated by two large skylights overhead. The light that filters through them falls on the bibs that surround said patios on the ground, first and second floors; specifically on a slatted bamboo cladding formed by GUBIA BSP19 C-v 40x19mm slats separated by 40mm. The bamboo slats give an orderly rhythm to the whole, placed on the edge, they reveal the interior structure of the material.

Almost 1000m2 of surface distributed among the different floors will feature the GUBIA BSF15 C-v bamboo flooring in the small format. The slatted composition of this flooring confers stability to it in adverse humidity conditions. Its varnish, which is highly resistant to wear, makes it ideal in buildings for public use.

The building has an assembly hall in the basement, entirely covered in bamboo. A stepped bamboo acoustic ceiling is the most characteristic element of this space. The acoustic properties of bamboo are joined by circular perforations in the boards, made in our CNC to help improve the acoustic reverberation of the space. The walls of this space also have boards finished with GUBIA BVCV bamboo veneer as cladding.

Another distinctive element in the building will be its bamboo doors, which dot the most emblematic rooms.

Very soon we will be in Madrid installing all these bamboo coverings.

Bamboo renews the interior of the CICCP

Bamboo renews the interior of the CICCP

The College of Engineers of Roads, Canals and Ports has carried out a comprehensive reform to its facilities to carry out various functional adaptations that simultaneously dressed the interior of bamboo, present in floors, bamboo cladding, custom doors and slatted ceilings, without leaving out visual finishes. At the entrance to the newly renovated school facilities, we are greeted by a large custom-designed pivoting door in bamboo, which leads to a spacious hall that covers the floors in bamboo and adorns the entire space with slatted bamboo ceilings, giving away a cozy entrance perspective.

Throughout the visit that we can make of the facilities, we can appreciate all the details of the custom carpentry made of bamboo. The richness in textures provided by the different use of the bamboo boards plays with the filigree of the edges and the front slats. The route is crowned with different finishes, which, paying attention, we observe are made up of exterior wood carpentry in iroko, to match the interior carpentry in bamboo.

This is the second intervention In the College of Engineers of Roads, Canals, and Ports of Madrid in which Gubia Group participated, and without a doubt, with complete success.

Working on a PassivHaus thermo-wood facade

Working on a PassivHaus thermo-wood facade

GUBIA-SLATS, a new system slatted wooden or bamboo ceiling

GUBIA-SLATS, a new system slatted wooden or bamboo ceiling

We have developed a new system of wooden or bamboo slats ceiling after several moinths of tests.

GUBIA-SLATS system is a recordable ceiling patented design with aesthetics, acoustics and comfort characteristics.

Wooden slats or bamboo slats GUBIA BSP-19 are available in 19mm width. Heights of the slats and the separation between them can be customized for each project.

The auxiliary structure is composed of primary and secondary profiles, covered of a fire-retardant plywood where a patented clip system is fixed. Each slat can be easily removed offering a great versatility to the ceiling.

The slats are coating with a fire retarded finishing, obtaining the Bs1d0 classification, according to UNE EN 13501-1: 2019.

Feel free to contact our technical department for more information.

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