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Talking Wood with Pekka Helin

World-renowned Finnish architect Pekka Helin has designed the wooden Metsä Pavilion on the grounds of the Finnish Embassy in the centre of Tokyo, Japan.The building will be made entirely from Metsä Wood’s Kerto® LVL (laminated veneer lumber) elements.

"Metsä Pavilion combines ancient Japanese aesthetics and minimalist sophistication. These qualities can also be found here in the north. This was my inspiration as I began to design the Metsä Pavilion."

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Roofing with extremely long wooden elements for an indoor swimming pool in Luxembourg

German architectural office Auer Weber designed the roof structure for the new indoor swimming pool at the Sports Centre Cents in Luxembourg. The ceiling was built using extremely long wooden elements, extending up to 23.75 metres. This enabled the long-spans and the attractive design of the roof. The key for making this possible was using fast, light and green Kerto LVL (laminated veneer lumber) products produced by Metsä Wood.
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A wooden Metsä pavilion in Tokyo during the 2020 Olympic Games

Metsä Pavillion Tokyo 2020

​Metsä Group and Business Finland are joining forces in building a wooden Metsä pavilion to be used in Tokyo during the Olympic games. The pavilion will be built on the grounds of the Finnish Embassy in the centre of Tokyo, Japan.

The building will be made entirely from Metsä Wood’s Kerto® LVL (laminated veneer lumber) elements. This pavilion is an example of innovative architecture based on industrially manufactured wooden elements. The pavilion has been designed by world-renowned Finnish architect Pekka Helin from Helin & Co Architects.

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Industrial durability for the needs of transport and construction

Industrial Durability

Metsä Wood has published a new image series called “Industrial Durability”. The images visualise the value of birch plywood in the urban end-use context. The photos were taken by award-winning Finnish photographer Kimmo Syväri.

 

The growth of urbanization and e-commerce are driving demand for birch plywood. Construction is increasing mainly in cities, and the industry needs durable and light plywood for concrete formwork. E-commerce is increasing the number of delivery vans transporting goods in urban areas.

Watch the Industrial durability video, and explore our birch plywood products.

 

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Sustainable building and resource efficiency with wood

Wood buildings are material efficient

The construction sector continues to consume globally around one third of the planet's already limited resources. Building with wood products like Kerto LVL enables the vitally important change towards sustainable building. Increasing the use of sustainably sourced wood in construction is a much-needed step in the right direction. 
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Plywood walling and a wooden frame for a horseback riding arena

A new equestrian facility has opened in Limburg in Belgium. Its recently finished horseback riding arena used Metsä Wood’s spruce plywood – Spruce Ply MouldGuard – for its wall structure. The roof of the stable area was built using a prefabricated timber frame with Kerto LVL (laminated veneer lumber).

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Riding hall in Belgium

Engineered wood products

  • Kerto® LVL

    Kerto® LVL laminated veneer lumber
  • Birch plywood

  • Spruce plywood

  • Nordic premium timber

    Nordic premium timber
  • Finnjoist i-beam

    Finnjoist i-beam
  • UK specific products

    UK specific products

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Open Source Wood - platform for knowledge sharing

Open Source Wood is an open platform for sharing knowledge and innovation in modular wood construction. Open Source Wood gathers ideas and designs from all corners of the world and makes them available for all, free of charge. You can share your ideas, see what others have done and connect with other professionals.