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Kerto is key to AA summer pavilion

Published:  17 July, 2009

LONDON: Finnforest has been instrumental in the realisation of a sculptural installation that forms this year's Architectural Association School Summer Pavilion. 

Constructed from Kerto, a key driver in the structure's inception and construction was minimal wastage. The use of sustainable timber means that 2009 has seen the Summer Pavilion move up a step to meet today's sustainable agenda.

Entitled ‘Driftwood’, the Pavilion design was inspired by the UK's link to the sea. It is formed with a series of pre-curved Kerto laths that lend the structure a sculptural quality.

Located in Bedford Square, London, for the duration of July, the Summer Pavilion was designed by third-year AA School student Danecia Sibingo.

This was the winning design in the annual Intermediate Unit 2 competition, which is now in its fourth year.

The judging panel this year consisted of eight notable industry figures, including architects Saffet Bekirogl of Zaha Hadid Architects, Renato Benedetti of McDowell & Benedetti, Theo Spyropoulos and Lisa McMullen.

Kerto, donated by Finnforest, is formed from several layers of laminated timber veneers that are glued together to form a product that minimises any natural defects found in a single section of sawn timber. With a high strength to weight ratio, Kerto is strong and durable.

Sourced from sustainably managed forests, all Finnforest's products are made from certified timber and provided with full chain of custody accreditation - delivering reassurance to both specifiers and their clients. 

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