Empire State Building offers a study in timber’s reach at coming Materials 2017 show

17 February 2017

Manhattan’s iconic Empire State Building is coming to the forthcoming Material 2017 show – in the form of a scale model – to exhibit the potential of timber to rise high in tall buildings.

Materials 2017 seeks to explore the vast selection of construction materials – from glass, concrete and composites to brink, stone, so-called smart materials, and timber – and goes beyond the purely aesthetic, towards the more nuanced functionalities of the materials.

Metsä Wood aims to demonstrate the affinity of timber in creating large, tall structures typically reserved for heavier material such as steel and concrete. Hence its model of the Empire State Building, The five- metre-high replica forms part of the company’s Plan B project and is made solely from wood.

Plan B is the brainchild of Canadian architect Michael Green of MGA. It stands as an attempt to battle with misconceptions around the use of timber in creating solid, durable, and safe structures.

In addition to the structural aspect associated with using timber in building upwards, the material has been recognised for its environmental soundness and high-performance regarding fire safety; when burned, the surface of Kerto – the composite wood product used in the replica’s construction - is charred, which protects the product, insulates it, and slows down the burning process.

To see Metsä’s Empire State Building alongside numerous other innovative and materials manufacturers and suppliers, register free now at www.materials2017.co.uk/register

Held at the ILEC Conference Centre, London on the 25th-26th April 2017, Materials 2017 has been developed to be the one-stop show for all construction materials needs, for both specifiers and manufacturers or suppliers. Don’t miss your chance to source the latest products and ideas for your projects.

Photo: The fully constructed ESB model, part of Metsä Wood’s plan B to dispel misconceptions of timber in construction. Credit: Metsä Wood