Ring Shakes: Faults as a Style Element

Strength of Character: Nature’s Untamed Quality

A tree is exposed to the seasons for over 200 years before we use its wood. During this time, it develops its grain, along with its defects. Late frost damage, for example, can cause a change in the subsequent veneer, forming a white wave through the grain of a floorboard: these are known as ring shakes. As a rule, such sections of the tree are discarded. Or they can be deliberately highlighted like in this out-of-the-ordinary urban home designed by the architects Grünecker Reichelt from Munich.

Wooden Floor as a Statement

The lively grain of the Wimmer floorboards contrasts harmoniously with the other, rather purist elements of the room’s shell, thus creating a modern homeliness. At frequent intervals, floorboards with ring shakes are intentionally integrated into the laying pattern with its random widths and lengths. The white waves running through the boards give the floor pattern a character all of its own.

The Plank Floor: Stage for Generous Serenity

The room’s design is characterised by a serene generosity that combines the exclusivity of the materials in a purist manner and reprises elements of the outer shell. For example, the clinker brick of the outer facade is repeated in the rooms in the form of a brickwork fireplace, where it meets up with a raw concrete ceiling and the expressive wooden floor.

Design: Grünecker Reichelt

Type of project: New-build family home with three self-contained apartments / Project period: 2016-2019 / Size of project: Approx. 900 m² gross floor space / Client: Private / Type of construction: Solid construction

Wimmer Wooden Flooring

Net area: 212 m² plus stairs / oak / rustic grade with ring shakes / brushed / colour Reed 3 / long Wimmer floorboards 300-500/20-33

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