A laminated veneer lumber (LVL) pavilion constructed in the German spa town of Bad Hersfeld has been awarded the Hesse Architectural Prize.

Designed by architect Volker Petters, the structure combines Kerto LVL with glass and steel to provide a centrepiece for the town’s remodelled spa gardens.

The internal structure comprises 38 of Finnforest’s Kerto LVL beams. Finnforest’s specialist timber engineering arm Merk worked closely with the architect to realise the project, which involved curved profiles and the use of a special synthetic resin as a treatment.

“Kerto was the ideal shaping material for the structure; because it is timber it creates a warm atmosphere while simultaneously alleviating the possible structural disadvantages of a very large glazed surface,” said Mr Petters.