Maastricht University in the Netherlands has chosen to clad the new home of its Department of Psychology in Accoya modified wood.
The new wing is part of ‘Brains Unlimited’, the name of a trio of buildings which support a neuroscience research facility to link academia with start-up businesses.
The psychology department is part of the northern block of the trio of buildings which forms the new health campus and Accoya was used to clad sections of the building next to each window.
The building has been designed by Dutch firm Wiegerinck and is formed by creating a band structure and grids around the building, with each infill made from sections of oiled Accoya.
Of the three buildings which form the facility, Accoya was chosen specifically for the northern block because the wood’s natural look and feel reflected the surrounding landscape and garden area.
“Accoya offers outstanding durability and is guaranteed for 50 years above ground. For projects such as cladding, the product is strong enough to withstand harsh winters as well as hot summers, and also offers the advantage of a very long maintenance cycle. It is therefore the perfect choice for Maastricht University’s new wing,” said Bryan Crennell, director of sales and marketing for Accsys Technologies, which manufactures the material.