Kerto-Ripa roof gives Diesel Benelux headquarters it's spectacular chracteristics
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Diesel Benelux headquarters

Location Netherlands
Building Year 2013-2014
Architect Dedato designers and architects
Structural Design Kooij & Dekker Ingenieursbureau
Constructor Herenbouw bv
Customer Diesel Benelux
Products Used Kerto LVL
Type Commercial And Office Buildings

“Only the Brave” design under Kerto® LVL element roof

​​​​'“The roof is a masterpiece: From the outside the saw tooth façade is a landmark, and inside the visible wood structures bring warmth. Building with Kerto-Ripa was fast and the elements are produced efficiently and sustainably – not forgetting the added extra that the exposed wood combined with steel and concrete bring into the Diesel DNA.”
Dick Venneman, Dedato designers and architects

Challenge

To build the Benelux headquarters that represents the distinctive brand of Diesel: raw, sturdy, natural that dares to be different. Also the location of the building is an icon at the waterfront in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Before Diesel moved in, they had to build a new home for the brand in just nine months and the wish was to use sustainable and durable materials.

  • Diesel headquarters – Fast construction with Kerto® LVL roof elements
  • Diesel headquarters – Fast construction with Kerto® LVL roof elements
  • Diesel headquarters – Fast construction with Kerto® LVL roof elements
  • Diesel headquarters – Fast construction with Kerto® LVL roof elements
  • Diesel headquarters – Fast construction with Kerto® LVL roof elements

Solution

The establishment of the Diesel building is a special example of the synergy between the architects, the consulting and structural engineers, and Metsä Wood.  From the first moment onwards, solutions and ideas were sketched, which led to an integrated solution in a record time.

For the spectacular saw tooth design of the 1100m² roof, a plan was made to use extremely strong Kerto LVL roof elements. The saw tooth roof recalls the image of old factories, and also brings in a lot of light in the building. 

The roof structure is realised with Kerto LVL roof elements, with the lengths ranging between 8 and 17 metres. The long spans with lightweight appearance is best visible at the outside terrace: here the span is 15,8 metres but the height only 41 centimetres.

Results

The lofty headquarters has office spaces as well as showrooms. Diesel also wanted a space where they could hold fashion shows, and so the building was designed with an open atrium. This meant that the roof structure needed a long span. Metsä Wood’s products were chosen because with Kerto LVL products it’s possible to build open spaces which allow flexibility with light construction.

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  • My Green World exhibition centre

  • Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation

  • Metropol Parasol - one of the world’s largest wooden buildings

  • Kannustalo ready-to-move houses

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  • Agricultural building, Koski Manor

  • Ämmässuo construction-waste handling plant

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  • Paris police department - wooden extension

  • Immanuel Kirche - wooden structure that impresses

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