Kerto LVL Q-panels met every requirement
Building in Switzerland is extremely expensive. Swiss designer and wellness facility developer
Roger Bernet has worked with numerous five-star hotels that have extensive budgets. When he envisioned the SPA-Bungalow, he knew he needed to find an exceptional material.
Bernet’s vision was to create a modular building entirely from one material. It needed to be strong and dimensionally stable enough to endure alpine conditions. It also needed to be lightweight enough to allow easy helicopter transportation. He wanted the interior to be fire-safe and moisture resistant to withstand steam from the sauna – and have a wood finish that could be left visible on nearly every surface. In addition, the material had to be ecological and fast to build with. All this was needed, because Bernet wanted to create a unique, cost-effective concept for hotels with smaller budgets, but exquisite locations.
To realise his vision Bernet teamed up with two of his long-time partners: Christoph Lädrach and Beat Biedermann. Lädrach is Managing Director at carpenter company Lädrach Holzbau AG Konolfingen, and Biedermann is a Diploma Sanitary Planner at Kannewischer Bern, a company specializing in building technology. In the project, Lädrach was responsible for construction and installation, while Biedermann took care of heating, sanitary technology and electrical engineering. As for finding the right material, Lädrach immediately knew the solution: Metsä Wood’s laminated veneer lumber Kerto LVL is a state-of-the-art, lightweight engineered wood product that met every requirement Bernet had.
“Kerto LVL Q-panels fulfilled all our technical requirements – strong yet lightweight, fast to build with, ecological, and fire- and moisture-resistant,” Roger Bernet explains.