Pining for Pine


As an architectural material, pine has not been a top choice by designers for some time. However, Vienna-based architect Andreas Mangl might be bringing it back with Zirp. Zirp are three - dimensional wave structured wall panels made from Arrolla pine.

The panels are not only aesthetically pleasing but they offer improved acoustical benefits along with some interesting health ones. Due to how the panels are produced, the scent of the Arolla pine spreads throughout the area where they are installed. This scent contains 0.5% pinosylvin which is an antibacterial and fungicidal substance that is present within the tree. Scientists at the Human Research Institue have found that in situations of physical and mental strain, Arolla pine lowered the heart rate and sped up recovery. For more information on this exciting material please visit the Zirp website.