Plan B: Architecture competition winners

City Above the City architect's competition

In June 2016 we challenged architects and students of architecture from around the world to push the boundaries of modern wood building design in the urban environment. Entrants were asked to select a centrally-located building in one of the world’s most populated cities and develop an innovative wood design solution that adds density through additional floor area. Known buildings, especially buildings under threat of demolition were encouraged as sites for revitalization, new development and innovation.

The results were announced on November 1st 2016.


Plan B explores the possibilities of wood construction

As a leading supplier of wood products, Metsä Wood knows from experience that Nordic premium wood is the best renewable raw material in the world. When used right, it saves money, time and nature.

To challenge preconceptions and explore the possibilities of wood construction, we’ve started a project called Plan B. In it, we have been planning how to build iconic architectural designs out of wood.

Plan B cases shows what could have been done with wood. Our references show what has already been done with wood.

At Metsä Wood, we demand more – both of ourselves and our customers. Because excellence is never achieved by settling for the mediocre. Our success is based on our commitment, reliability and quality. Here are some examples of what we've done together with our customers.




Östermalm temporary market hall


One Main office Boston USA, wooden interior with Kerto® LVL panels


Long span wooden rafters enable the curved shape of Clamart sports centre


Saving a historical bath with Kerto® LVL


Hurlingham Club Racquet Center with a light roof structure with Kerto® LVL elements


Kerteminde, The Children’s Home of the Future


B&Q DIY store chain


Paris police department - wooden extension

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