Derako - BREEAM-rated Library of Birmingham: impressive, stylish ceilings

With solid wooden ceilings and a BREEAM-classification, passers-by will not be able to miss the Library of Birmingham. The building has a special appearance with its stacked ornamental floors. In the design, architect Mecanoo makes a clear reference to the city's jewellery tradition and its industrial heritage.

On the inside, the building is special, partly thanks to the massive wooden Derako grill ceilings, that have given it a natural and majestic appearance. The ceilings not only provide the right experience, but have also contributed to the library receiving a BREEAM Excellent rating.

High up in the library, the imposing solid wooden ceiling forms a special bridge between the modern and classic elements in the building. As well as the ceiling in the central area, several ceilings in lower spaces were also fitted with a Derako system. The natural materials, the open structure and the use of acoustic backing ensure improved acoustics and a comfortable environment.

Derako manufactures all its solid wood ceiling, wall and facade systems on a project basis, and the architect's design takes priority. It provides full support, from the design phase to engineering right through to the installation phase. There is a large choice of wood types and designs. All systems are C2C-certified, and contribute to obtaining credits in the BREEAM and LEED schemes. Project photos and samples are available on the Derako website.

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The Library of Birmingham features solid wooden grill ceilings from Derako.
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