The Materials Book

Easy on the Ears: A sliding wall that’s good for acoustics (and the environment) Fast-growing but sturdy, rattan has been used for thousands of years for furniture and as a finish for lightweight walls and doors. The rough, woven surface structure is effective at sound insulation, making it especially suitable for small buildings. And since it’s a liana—a woody vine—rattan can play a role in forest maintenance, providing a profitable crop for loggers that can be harvested more frequently than the trees it grows on. Example: Closed rattan cane webbing No2 by Rodeka, seen in House Heyvaert, Destelbergen, Belgium Contributed by: CRIT / Peter Swinnen, Belgium 374

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