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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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Press Release: Elegant Metsä Pavilion – Finnish wooden architecture in Tokyo
When it opened in March 2019, the Mjösa Tower became the world’s tallest wooden building. Fast to build with, light and green Kerto® LVL (laminated veneer lumber) from Metsä Wood plays an important part in strengthening the floors.
Mjösa Tower is a dream come true for Norwegian private investor Arthur Buchardt. He wanted to build the world’s tallest wooden building in Brumunddal in Norway on the shores of the country’s largest lake, Mjösa. The tower provides homes, office space and a hotel for people wanting something different. And what an 18-floor building it is; it not only stretches up to 85.4 metres in height but is built in a truly unique manner.
See morePress release: The world’s tallest wooden building Mjösa Tower completed in Norway
Reference: The world’s tallest wooden building, the Mjösa Tower
Video: Mjösa Tower worlds tallest wood building
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.
A wooden Metsä pavilion in Tokyo
Elegant Metsä Pavilion – Finnish wooden architecture in Tokyo
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.
Architects value wood products for their lightweight, strength and endless possibilities. Engineered wood products like Kerto® LVL have an excellent strength to weight ratio making it possible for architects to create astonishing wide-open interior spaces. Learn more about the possibilities of wood architecture.
Metsä Wood’s 5th Open Source Wood hackathon was organised on 21 March 2019 in Nancy, France. The event was organised in collaboration with the Nancy School of Architecture (Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Nancy) and the Hors-Site magazine.
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.