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Mass is More Installation

A mass timber installation at Barcelona's Mies van der Rohe Pavillion

Mass is More is an event that took place in October 2022 to mark the launch of Mass Madera, a national network of pioneers whose main mission is to facilitate and promote the construction of green buildings and work towards the decarbonization of architecture. Central to the event is a mass timber installation designed to form an architectural dialogue with the iconic Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona.

Through various interventions, the installation shows how the use of wood and other regenerative materials can help reduce the high CO2 emissions that are associated with the construction industry.

The installation explores the use of regenerative materials in modern buildings. By reconsidering the materials being used in the original pavilion, this new installation reflects on how to regenerate our cities through the use of low-emission practices in order to achieve the EU’s environmental targets for 2050.

Adhering to the architectural language of the pavilion, this new installation creates a dialogue between the most advanced materials of the 20th century and the 21st century. Through a series of elements made of cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels from local forests, this installation demonstrates the structural capabilities of this new materiality and its suitability for constructing more sustainable buildings with a much lower environmental impact.