Shipshape: A Museum Clad in Sustainable Wood

Te recently completed National Maritime Museum in Bremerhaven, Germany, is a tightly run ship.
By Rachel E. Pelovitz
January 30, 2023

It’s smooth sailing for sustainability advocates when it comes to the recently completed National Maritime Museum in Bremerhaven, Germany. Developed by Haslob Kruse + Partners, the museum is clad in sustainably sourced Character wood by Kebony, which is joined together in a pattern to resemble the hull of a ship. This modern, eco-conscious building casts a large wake, with almost 25,000 square feet of depot space and more than 60,000 precious maritime artifacts and 380,000 archival materials.

A global leader in the production of environmentally friendly wood, Kebony has pioneered wood-processing technology that heats sustainably sourced softwoods with furfuryl alcohol, an agricultural by-product, modifying them to maintain the same durable properties of industrial hardwoods without the need for extensive deforestation. The wood is cost-effective and rugged, ensuring the museum will be a tightly run ship for years to come.

by Rachel E. Pelovitz

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