Studio Marco Vermeulen constructed the wood pavilion as a covered exhibit space for a schedule of displays showing how timber can be employed in bio-based architecture projects.

Known as Biobasecamp, the pavilion was put up in Ketelhuisplein in the Strijp-S district of Eindhoven for Dutch Design Week.

The roof of the pavilion took the formation of a five-pronged star with square corners. The structure was constructed by timber construction specialists Derix from 200 metres-cubed of lightweight, modular 16 by 3.5 metre cross-laminated timber (CLT) boards.

The studio announced its intention to educate visitors about the concept of bio-based building and especially the application of cross-laminated timber, and to instigate a starting point for designers and clients to explore the possibilities of this ‘concrete of the future’.

A staircase leading from the ground level permitted the roof deck – lined with trees – to also serve as a viewing deck and gathering area.

The pillars supporting the deck were culled from trunks of poplar trees transplanted from the motorway between Den Bosch and Eindhoven. The trees had to be taken from the road’s edge for safety reasons, because of their age and the risk of uprooting. They were repurposed for the pavilion.

The use of CLT and timber supports meant that the pavilion could be built in a time period.

Marco Vermeulen, founder of Studio Marco Vermeulen, said that the pavilion is entirely prefabricated, which hastens the construction process.

Unlike concrete or building materials that take sizable amounts of CO2 to produce, timber stores this element. This permits the construction sector to do its part in the war against climate change.

By constructing with wood, the studio says, CO2 is extracted from the atmosphere and cultivates value in the form of building structures.

During a discussion lead by Dezeen editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs during Dutch Design Week, Vermeulen asserted that the Netherlands could resolve its impending housing problem by constructing one million houses from sustainably harvested local wood.

This effort would save 100 megatons of carbon, Fairs argued, as timber would lock 45 megatons of CO2. In addition, the avoidance of concrete and steel would save an additional 55 megatons of emissions.

The studio also said in regard to Biobasecamp that by rendering the elements of your buildings modular so that they are reusable, you can store it into the future.

Indeed, the pavilion will be taken apart and reused at the Floriade horticultural show, set for 2022 in Amsterdam.

Below the pavilion roof, exhibitions showcasing the benefits of the use of timber in building design projects were presented by timber construction-firm Derix, the Floriade horticultural show, and the Dutch provincial government of Noord-Brabant.

Waldo Maaskant, the programme leader for a bio-based economy and circular future for the province, said that the concept of circular construction has a promising future.

The province collaborates with construction firms and housing co-operative to devise circular construction projects, he said.

The Netherlands and Brabant is encountering a sizable building challenge, said Maaskant. The Province of Noord-Brabant has granted circularity a designated place and advanced projects in the field of circular construction, renovation and demolition.

Studio Marco Vermeulen showed a preview of its forthcoming The Dutch Mountains Eindhoven project at Biobasecamp. The timber building, currently at the preliminary design stage, is a U-shaped, bio-based, mixed-use skyscraper intended for the Eindhoven rail zone.

Also at the event, interactive exhibition Living Landscape welcomed guests at the pavilion to make green choices in their own existences.

The studio regards the pavilion as the turning point for a new era.

Other projects at Dutch Design Week culled from natural materials included a temporary events space known as The Growing Pavilion, built from mushroom mycelium plants, while Atelier NL used storm-felled trees to makes benches for the city.