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Arcadia Nursery
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Arcadia Nursery


Our favorite type of wood, Cross Laminated Timber or CLT, is used in the Arcadia Nursery in Edinburgh by Malcolm Fraser Architects. It looks beautiful inside; it's a shame that the Wood Awards site puts up such dinky pictures, it's not 1999 dialup internet anymore. The big photos are from Wallpaper* which just has a limited selection.

Built for the University of Edinburgh, Arcadia Nursery was conceived as a floating, lightweight structure that could be built within a restricted site due to the extensive tree cover on the site. The CLT structure creates a warm, tactile interior whilst achieving clear roof volumes that ensure the mezzanine spaces are not compromised. Timber acoustic ceilings soften the sound and aesthetic of each playroom. Timber cladding and wood fibre insulation envelops the building. Timber decks, walkways, feature fences and play features are used throughout.

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