Veneer finds warm welcome in healthier biophilic design by HOK Architects
April 10, 2019 | 1:01 pm CDT
NEW YORK CITY - Using real natural wood veneer was the prescription for a healthier interior at New York-Presbyterian David H.  Koch Center. The Koch Center opened its doors in 2018. The interior at the outpatient care facility reflects a holistic approach that unites healthcare aspects and natural materials.
In their execution of this vision, project studio HOK Architects selected Danzer Linea real wood veneer for the walls, ceilings and furniture surfaces. The  NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center, a state-of-the-art health and well-being facility which opened on the Upper East Side in May 2018, adopted a holistic approach: 
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“Respected studio HOK Architects took health and well being as their guiding principle for all aspects of the design and fit-out – ultimately selecting a variety of natural materials for the new center’s interiors," explained Phil Tomasello from the Danzer Specialty Division in North America. "Our Danzer Linea real wood veneer immediately won over the project team and we are very pleased that they decided to use it so extensively.” Danzer Linea American White Oak was used for the walls, ceilings and furniture surfaces at the 740,000 square foot NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center. 

Trend towards wood in healthcare and sport sectors

The overall trend is called Biophilic Design, an apporach used within the building industry to increase occupant connectivity to the natural environment through the use of direct nature, indirect nature, and space and place conditions. The approach is thought to provide health, environmental, and economic benefits for building occupants and urban environments, with little drawbacks. 

“In recent years we have seen a growing trend towards the use of natural wood finishes in hospitals, wellness centers and sports facilities,” reported Phil Tomasello. Various research groups are shedding fresh light on the role played by natural materials in the built environment under the biophilic design approach. The concept centers in creating natural or near-natural settings in which people can live, work, study or recuperate.
“Consciously integrating nature into our interiors and architectural design – including public institutions – is becoming more prevalent all the time. Wood regulates the heart rate, has natural antimicrobial properties and provides an outstanding tactile connection to nature,” Phil Tomasello explained. Especially for these projects we are a strong partner for interior designers and architects alike. We are the brains behind wood, your longtime experts with experience to support every stage of the development process – from initial idea to final execution.” 
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Veneer products in contemporary showrooms 

Danzer Linea is a true-species, technical veneer. Manufactured from sustainable sources in the Northern hemisphere, it has an appealingly distinctive linear, rift-cut look. Like all natural veneers, Danzer Linea exhibits visual depth as light sources naturally reflect off the grain of the wood. The standard range of products is offered in a variety of different wood species. In addition to technical veneers, the Danzer portfolio also features standard and exotic veneers available in a choice of around 200 types of natural wood. Danzer’s hardwood products are on display at the company’s newly redesigned showrooms.
“We’re happy to welcome prospective customers to our state-of-the-art showrooms where we provide in-depth information on the veneers, various prototypes, 3D-Veneer products and research projects on display,” Phil Tomasello added. Danzer’s showrooms are located in Grödig near Salzburg/Austria, in Kesselsdorf near Dresden/Germany, in Mělník/Czech Republic and Darlington, Pennsylvania/USA.
Danzer is a leading quality hardwood company with production facilities in North America and Europe. It has approximately 1,600 employees and services customers from 18 sales offices worldwide. Founded in 1932, Danzer is managed by a third-generation family member. The company owns and sustainably manages forests in North America and produces sliced veneer, lumber and innovative value-added wood products for decorative purposes. Danzer products are used in high-quality furniture, kitchen cabinets, cars and other applications.

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