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"Solid Timber...

...because the way we build is in our nature!"

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“Solid Timber…

Solid Timber is importer on the Dutch market for the Swedish timber manufacturer and – supplier Martinsons. This means that we act as a communicating link between you as customer and the supplier for your timber products and services, Martinsons. Solid Timber has a close connection with Martinsons in which many years of experience in the field of advanced timber constructions as well as short lines of communication are valuable features for a successful cooperation.

Read more about the company Martinsons and their vision.

…because the way we build is in our nature!”

Our genes. Traditionally humans have always built with natural materials which were available in their direct surroundings. Wood was predominantly a material which was widely available and simple to work with. Today, is wood still used as a construction material due to its positive material properties like a low material density, simple construction principles, outstanding thermical – and acoustic characteristics and a high living comfort. In short, building with wood is in our genes.

Our nature. In the past we lived mainly outdoors and therefore closer to nature. Nowadays we spend most of our time in an indoor climate surrounded by man-made materials such as concrete, steel and synthetic materials. Research show the positive effects of a natural living environment on our health and wellbeing. Sustainable timber buildings take us back to our nature.

Our surroundings. Wood is the only building material which is available as a renewable resource. As long as we take care of our forests, this material will always be available to us. Wood stores CO2, has the lowest emission of CO2 during production in comparison to other building materials and is completely recycable. The way we build can be found in our natural surroundings.

We are Solid

MSc. ARD-JAN LOOTENSArchitect
1985, THE NETHERLANDS

Ard-Jan Lootens is architect and co-founder of Solid Timber.

He studied building engineering at the University of Windesheim in Zwolle with a specialization on Architecture and Structural Design.

In 2007 he graduated, together with Bas, on a research to multi-storey timber construction at the University of Technology in Luleå, Sweden. To this research they received a honorable mention at the student competition of WoodChallenge 2007.

From 2008 he studied parttime at Delft University of Technology and graduated on the Master Architecture, Urbanism and Building Sciences in 2013. His final project was the design of a new head office for ‘The Environmental Council of the United Nations’ in New York. The research and design consisted of an office tower of 100 meters tall with a timber bearing structure.

From 2008 till 2013 he worked besides his Master studies at architectural office Powerhouse Company in Rotterdam as building draftsman and assistant designer.

After his Master graduation in 2013 he works at architectural office Powerhouse Company in Rotterdam as architect and project manager.

In 2014 he co-founded Solid Timber with branches in Utrecht and Skellefteå.

MSc. BAS BOELLAARDStructural Designer
1984, THE NETHERLANDS

Bas Boellaard is structural designer and co-founder of Solid Timber.

He studied building engineering at the University of Windesheim in Zwolle with a specialization on Structural Design and Building Components.

In 2007 he graduated, together with Ard-Jan, on a research to multi-storey timber construction at the University of Technology in Luleå, Sweden. To this research they received a honorable mention at the student competition of WoodChallenge 2007.

From 2008 he studied parttime at Eindhoven University of Technology and graduated on the Master Structural Design in 2012. His final project was a design of a 20 – storey building with a timber structure. This project was conducted at Napier University in Edinburgh and research institute SP Trä in Skellefteå, Sweden.

From 2008 till 2011 he worked besides his Master studies at structural engineering office Breed Integrated Design in The Hague as structural draftsman.

After his Master graduation in 2012 he works at the Swedish timber manufacturer and – supplier Martinsons in Skellefteå as structural designer and project manager.

In 2014 he co-founded Solid Timber with branches in Utrecht and Skellefteå.