Plan B architects' competition: The city above the city

Plan B competition

The city above the city

Plan B architects' competition

The competition’s submission deadline was September 30th. Thank you all for your creative and inspiring entries! The jury is now at work and the winners will be announced by the end of October.

THE CITY ABOVE THE CITY challenges architects and students of architecture from around the world to push the boundaries of modern wood building design in the urban environment. Entrants are 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  are encouraged as sites for revitalization, new development and innovation.

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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’ll plan how to build iconic architectural designs out of wood. Our first case was the Roman Colosseum. The second case is big – Big Apple big: how to build a wooden skyscraper. We chose the Empire State Building.

We’re not saying that everything should be built of wood. We are saying that wood should always be considered as a true alternative in everything from structures to exteriors.

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In an increasingly responsible world, wood gains in importance every day. Metsä Wood plays a crucial role in the development and growth of this global market.

Our strategy can be crystallised into two words: industrial efficiency. Our premium-quality wood products are made for the demanding needs of our construction, industrial and distribution partners. We know that there are three steps to industrial efficiency, commitment, reliability and quality. We always work in close cooperation with our customers to reduce construction costs and time, and we reduce the environmental footprint at every stage of the process.