Frequently asked questions

  • About Hamlet

    • What does Hamlet do?

      We specialize in the structural design of multi level buildings in solid timber.

      Mostly on the basis of CLT, but also with laminated wooden columns and beams. A combination of the two is also possible.

    • What does Design for Manufacturing & Assembly mean?

      We work according to the principles of this design method, which aims for the highest possible production efficiency and therefore the lowest possible cost.
      Throughout the entire design process we not only check that everything is structurally sound, but we also constantly test whether all parts can be efficiently produced, transported and assembled on site. This prevents mistakes, additional work and wasted time later in the design process or during construction.
      Through this integrated approach, we guarantee that the design can be realized one on one and at predictable costs.

    • What is Structural Shell+?

      The structural shell of a building has a primary structural function, but in a wooden building, part of the acoustic and fire safety concept is also derived from the structural shell.
      Hamlet designs and calculates the structural shell from a holistic approach in which construction, acoustics and fire safety are approached as a trinity. We call this Structural Shell+. This gives the design team clarity at an early stage about the complete wall and floor thicknesses and it also saves time and costs for the client.

  • About CLT wood

    • What is CLT wood?

      Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) is also known as cross laminated timber. CLT is a very strong and fire-resistant building material made by cross-gluing solid wood boards and planks by a computer-controlled woodworking process. The grain is therefore alternately laid in the other direction. An environmentally friendly construction adhesive is used for the bonding.
    • How is CLT wood used?

      CLT is a very versatile material with almost limitless possibilities for architects. These wood panels can also be combined with other building materials without many problems.
      CLT panels are used for the construction of interior walls, exterior walls, floors and roofs. The custom prefabricated panels are delivered directly to the construction site by truck. The material is even so strong that high-rise buildings can be realized with it.
    • Why does Hamlet design and build with CLT wood?

      Building with wood has many advantages: it is very fast, it is sustainable, circular and it results in healthier buildings for the users.

      However, the preparation and design process are organized differently from traditional construction. That's why we always say, 'are you considering a timber building? Then get in touch with us'.
      Hamlet is an experienced partner for property developers and housing corporations in the cost-efficient realization of their timber building projects. Well begun is, as often, half done.

    • Is a timber building safe in a case of fire?

      When designing a building, we take into account not only the constructive properties, but also fire safety.
      A CLT panel is actually solid wood. It's something very different from timber frame construction. And that's also reflected in the fire performance. CLT doesn't burn but chars. The speed at which this happens in a residential fire is very constant and therefore predictable. We take this into account when designing the building. Naturally, all our buildings comply with the Building Decree. A wooden building is just as safe as a concrete shell, if properly designed.