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2.12.2021

Elonkirjotalo project protects biodiversity

Can construction be used to promote biodiversity? This question is being studied in the Y Foundation’s Elonkirjota... Can construction be used to promote biodiversity? This question is being studied in the Y Foundation’s Elonkirjotalo project, which is developing a wooden apartment building that binds carbon and promotes biodiversity. Text: Anne Soininen | Images: Planetary Architecture The Elonkirjotalo building is the Y-Foundation’s pioneering wooden apartment building project. It aims to uncover ho

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25.11.2021

The “Helsinki”, a single-family house with clean lines

The “Helsinki” single-family house was designed more than ten years ago as a solution for small plots and urban living.... The “Helsinki” single-family house was designed more than ten years ago as a solution for small plots and urban living. The house has since gained fame across Finland, and now has a prominent place among detached house design options. Text: Anne Soininen  Read the article in Finnish: Selkeälinjainen Helsinki-pientalo The City of Helsinki has made …

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24.11.2021

Meteorite House – a study in the insulation and surface treatment of CLT structures

Meteorite, designed by Ateljé Sotamaa, was the people’s choice winner of the 2020 Puupalkinto (Wood Award) and has gaine... Meteorite, designed by Ateljé Sotamaa, was the people’s choice winner of the 2020 Puupalkinto (Wood Award) and has gained fame across Finland and internationally. It also won the North Karelia Provincial Construction Project Award in spring 2021 and was part of a virtual display at the Venice Architecture Biennale. The developer and designers were all …

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23.11.2021

TOAS Kauppi – beautiful and sustainable for students

Located along the new Tampere tram route, TOAS Kauppi offers apartments near outdoor, sports, and educational venues. Ma... Located along the new Tampere tram route, TOAS Kauppi offers apartments near outdoor, sports, and educational venues. Made with CLT volumetric elements, Kauppi is the first wooden apartment building built by TOAS, the Tampere Student Housing Foundation. Text: Ida Väänänen | Photographs: Skyfox, Marko Kallio Read the article in Finnish: TOAS Kauppi – kaunista ja kestävää opiskelijoille &h

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22.11.2021

The Re-thinking Urban Housing programme promotes wood construction

Text: Anne Soininen |  Photographs: Puuinfo Read the article in Finnish: Kehittyvä kerrostalo -ohjelma ed... Text: Anne Soininen |  Photographs: Puuinfo Read the article in Finnish: Kehittyvä kerrostalo -ohjelma edistää puurakentamista The City of Helsinki’s Re-thinking Urban Housing programme aims to develop apartment building construction and housing in Helsinki. The programme’s key themes are easily adaptable apartments, pleasant courtyard spaces, affordability, a sense of community, re

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19.11.2021

The surface treatments of the future

Together with his team, Lauri Rautkari, the Assistant Professor of Wood Materials Science and Technology at Aalto Univer... Together with his team, Lauri Rautkari, the Assistant Professor of Wood Materials Science and Technology at Aalto University, is researching wood surface treatments and their possibilities. Currently, the best known wood modification methods are heat treatment and acetylation. All modifications, whether based on chemical, biological, or physical treatments, cause permanent changes to the treated w

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19.11.2021

Wood adds flair to residential areas

The peripheries and surrounding municipalities of major cities are now drawing in new residents. There is even talk of a... The peripheries and surrounding municipalities of major cities are now drawing in new residents. There is even talk of a new so-called “Nurmijärvi phenomenon”, as they called the move to the surroundings of Greater Helsinki in the early 2000s. For wood construction, the pull of the surrounding suburbs opens up new possibilities. Text: Anne Soininen …

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18.11.2021

Hoas Tuuliniitty - World’s tallest modular wooden building completed in Espoo

Hoas Tuuliniitty is the world’s tallest wooden building made from volumetric modules. In 2013, Asuntosäätiö joined force... Hoas Tuuliniitty is the world’s tallest wooden building made from volumetric modules. In 2013, Asuntosäätiö joined forces with Metsä Group and the City of Espoo to organise an architectural competition for a complex of wood buildings in the Tuuliniitty area of Tapiola, Espoo. Arkkitehtitoimisto Jukka Turtiainen Oy won the architectural competition with “Tiebreak” that envisioned …

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17.11.2021

Wood rises to the surface

A facade is like a building’s calling card as it entices people to step inside to take a better look. The materials, col... A facade is like a building’s calling card as it entices people to step inside to take a better look. The materials, colours and shapes define a building’s character. Facades need to withstand time but also represent their own era. Text: Inkariina Sipiläinen Read the article in Finnish: Puuta pintaan A wooden façade that is well-designed …

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15.11.2021

Kuopion Puukeila – Familiar technology

The Puukeila building, which has been built in Kuopio, is the third design by Arkkitehtuuritoimisto AT to use CLT volume... The Puukeila building, which has been built in Kuopio, is the third design by Arkkitehtuuritoimisto AT to use CLT volumetric elements. The company’s previous design, two apartment buildings for the same client KOy (real estate company) M2 Kodit, was completed in Jyväskylä in 2019. The design and implementation of Puukeila benefited from the experience gained …

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7.10.2021

Sauna N – an atmospheric wood-heated yard sauna

The article has been published in June 2021 in Wood magazine 1/2021. Text: Mia Heiskanen | Photographs: Ville... The article has been published in June 2021 in Wood magazine 1/2021. Text: Mia Heiskanen | Photographs: Ville Vappula Photography Read the article in Finnish: Sauna N – tunnelmallinen puulämmitteinen pihasauna Sauna N is a yard sauna designed for a private client in Helsinki’s Itä-Pakila neighbourhood. The 600 m2 plot is in the middle of a dense …

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7.10.2021

Porvoon Galaksit – a modern holiday home complex

The article has been published in June 2021 in Wood magazine 1/2021. Read the article in Finnish: Porvoon Galaksit – mod... The article has been published in June 2021 in Wood magazine 1/2021. Read the article in Finnish: Porvoon Galaksit – moderni mökkikylä Text: Elina Viitanen  Lying near the seashore in the Purola neighbourhood about three kilometres from Porvoo’s centre, the Gammelbacka garden allotments are now home to a complex of seven blocks reminiscent of the …

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7.10.2021

Wood is a natural presence at Keilaniemen Portti and in Varma’s responsible construction

For the Varma Pension Insurance Company, the mitigation of climate change is a key corporate social responsibility. It a... For the Varma Pension Insurance Company, the mitigation of climate change is a key corporate social responsibility. It also plays a key role in new construction projects. Keilaniemen Portti is Varma’s flagship site: an architecturally impressive wood office building that features sustainable development and environmental friendliness in its design in an atypical way.  The article …

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5.10.2021

Niliaitta – the vision of a house hovering between the trees

The article has been published in June 2021 in Wood magazine 1/2021. Text: Elina Viitanen | Photographs: Marc Goodwin, A... The article has been published in June 2021 in Wood magazine 1/2021. Text: Elina Viitanen | Photographs: Marc Goodwin, Archmospheres Read the article in Finnish: Niliaitta – puiden välissä leijuva talo The Suomenselkä region in central Finland was settled by the indigenous Sámi in earlier days. The area is characterised by higher terrain and a different habitat …

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5.10.2021

Nolla cabin – a movable, wooden accommodation

The article has been published in June 2021 in Wood magazine 1/2021. Text: Elina Viitanen | Photographs: Teemu Lautamies... The article has been published in June 2021 in Wood magazine 1/2021. Text: Elina Viitanen | Photographs: Teemu Lautamies Read the article in Finnish: Nolla-mökki – siirrettävä puusta rakennettu lomakohde The Nolla Cabin is a compact, fully mobile 10 m2 unit that can be assembled, disassembled and transported without heavy machinery. The cabin reflects a …

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4.10.2021

CO2 reduction is the goal

The article has been published in June 2021 in Wood magazine 1/2021. Text: Anu Turunen, photos: NCC Read the a... The article has been published in June 2021 in Wood magazine 1/2021. Text: Anu Turunen, photos: NCC Read the article in Finnish: CO2-vähennys tavoitteena Inspired by Valle Wood, NCC has looked into using wood in the development stages of projects for commercial space construction in Finland. Eelis Rytkönen, NCC’s urban developer “hippie”, as he calls himself, says …

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16.9.2021

Reflections on changes in customer behavior

The article has been published in June 2021 in Wood magazine 1/2021. Text: Mia Heiskanen Read the article in F... The article has been published in June 2021 in Wood magazine 1/2021. Text: Mia Heiskanen Read the article in Finnish: Pohdintoja asiakaskäyttäytymisen muutoksesta The Finnish passion for construction, renovation, and carpentry has spiked over the past year. Are changes in customer behavior evident to those working in sales in construction companies and in hardware store lumber department

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16.9.2021

Wooden materials have a positive impact on human emotions

The article has been published in June 2021 in Wood magazine 1/2021. Read the article in Finnish: Puumateriaal... The article has been published in June 2021 in Wood magazine 1/2021. Read the article in Finnish: Puumateriaali vaikuttaa myönteisesti ihmisen tunteisiin Text: Mia Heiskanen The Natural Resource Institute Finland and Tampere University’s Biomedical Measurements, Devices, and Systems unit and Production Economics unit collaborated on the interdisciplinary Wood for Good (W4G) research proj

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16.9.2021

Wood City – the Flagship for Finnish Wood Construction

The article has been published in June 2021 in Wood magazine 1/2021. Read the article in Finnish: Wood City –... The article has been published in June 2021 in Wood magazine 1/2021. Read the article in Finnish: Wood City – suomalaisen puurakentamisen lippulaiva Text: Mia Heiskanen ja Heidi Tetteh, Photos: Tuomas Uusheimo The result of collaboration by SRV and Stora Enso, Wood City is a series of wood buildings centrally located in the Jätkäsaari district of Helsinki. …

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26.8.2021

Sound Insulation in Wood Buildings

The article has been published in June 2021 in Wood magazine 1/2021. Read the article in Finnish: Ääneneristys... The article has been published in June 2021 in Wood magazine 1/2021. Read the article in Finnish: Ääneneristys puutalossa Text and pictures: Tero Lahtela Acoustic design plays an important role in wood buildings because it significantly effects how building component layers are structured and how joints and other couplings are made between building components. This means that …

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24.8.2021

Changes in Fire Regulations

The article has been published in June 2021 in Wood magazine 1/2021. Read The article in Finnish: Palomääräyks... The article has been published in June 2021 in Wood magazine 1/2021. Read The article in Finnish: Palomääräykset muuttuivat Text: Tero Lahtela Decree 927/2020 of the Finnish Ministry of the Environment entered into force at the beginning of 2021. These new regulations amend the Finnish Ministry of the Environment’s earlier Decree 848/2017 on fire safety in buildings. The amendments &hell

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10.8.2021

A carbon-negative log day care centre in Vantaa

The article has been published in June 2021 in Wood magazine 1/2021. Read The article in Finnish: Vantaalle nousee hiili... The article has been published in June 2021 in Wood magazine 1/2021. Read The article in Finnish: Vantaalle nousee hiilinegatiivinen hirsipäiväkoti Next year, the Rekola district of Vantaa will be home to a day care centre that is more good than bad for the climate. The carbon footprint of the log building that won the …

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2.12.2020

Higher and higher

Tall buildings are making their way to Finland. The attached vision was made to provoke discussion, could some wood be u... Tall buildings are making their way to Finland. The attached vision was made to provoke discussion, could some wood be used in those? Text and pictures: Mikko Viljakainen The article has been published in Wood magazine 2/2020. Read the article in Finnish: Korkeammalle There is an ongoing trend in the world of taller timber buildings. …

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1.12.2020

Sound insulation in high-rise wood buildings – Lighthouse Joensuu

Sound insulation is one of the most demanding design aspects in wood construction. The latest legislation update extende... Sound insulation is one of the most demanding design aspects in wood construction. The latest legislation update extended the measurement range for impact sounds, which now starts from as low as 50 Hz (spectral adaptation term CI, 50-2500). Low frequencies in wood apartment buildings can be muted in several ways, for example by using impact …

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7.12.2019

A car park made of wood

In new residential areas, the issue of parking space is increasingly often solved by constructing a dedicated car park.... In new residential areas, the issue of parking space is increasingly often solved by constructing a dedicated car park. This has raised interest in finding out whether such buildings could be built from wood. To further discussion on the topic, we followed the example of a Swedish multistorey car park project and designed one of …

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7.12.2019

Computational evaluation of impact insulation of wood intermediate floors

Intermediate floors are a key building component when it comes to the competitiveness of wood apartment buildings. The s... Intermediate floors are a key building component when it comes to the competitiveness of wood apartment buildings. The sound insulation of an intermediate floor is determined mainly by impact sound insulation, rather than the airborne sound insulation. The development of wood intermediate floors for apartment buildings has long been a case of trial and error …

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