SITKA Spruce sourced from Coillte forests in Cork is currently on display at the Venice Biennale Architecture 2012, part of a key exhibit called The Vessel designed by architects O'Donnell and Tuomey.
The Irish architects were invited to exhibit their nine metre high stacked timber structure, at the prestigious architecture exhibition in Venice, Italy .
The spruce was sourced from Coillte's forests in Co. Cork and sawn by Glennon Brothers' sawmill in Fermoy.
The Vessel is made up of 5,500 individual pieces and is a key exhibit alongside designs by Norman Foster, who designed the Gherkin in London, and Hertzog & de Meuron, the architects behind the Birds Nest in Beijing.
"This project has been a superb example of the wood supply chain working in harmony," said Richard Lowe of Coillte. "Coillte has been delighted to bring our experience to bear for such a terrific exhibit.
"The Vessel is a beautiful structure and really captures the versatility and inherent beauty of Irish wood.
"The structure is the first thing you see when you enter the Corderie Exhibition Hall in Venice and it has been a real success at the Biennale."
Sitka Spruce is the main species of the softwood construction industry in Ireland. Export sales account for approx 60% of the Coillte Group turnover and 67% of this figure was sold into the UK market in 2011.
Coillte said this marks a significant turnaround from the position less than five years ago when less than 10% of sawmill output was exported.