House in a backpack By Denis Bragarchuk, Yury Kovtun

House in a backpack

​By Denis Bragarchuk & Yury Kovtun


Logistics is very important in the construction in megalopolises. The delivery is especially important  for of building on top of the existing houses. The patented technology allows you to mount a building frame of laminated wood with steel connectors. The maximum size of a skeleton of wooden elements is 70cm and 3.5kg weight element. This makes it possible to easily deliver a framework on the roof of the building. You can even use the passenger elevator. The construction of the dome on the roof of the building is almost does not change the existing urban environment. The weight of the dome of the building is much smaller than a traditional building.
In the domed building offers spectacular views of the city, so that the windows can be arranged in a circle.
Metsä Wood Products is ideally suited for this construction technology. The advantages of this technology is the low weight and small size elements. Another important advantage is that the building can change shape depending on the situation. With this technology it is possible to build a "building-worms" that encircle the utilities on the roof, or trees on the ground. Adjustments in the form of the building can be made directly on the construction site, using a electric saw and manual milling machine.

City Above the City architecture competition

Plan B : City Above the City architecture competition 

Metsä Wood challenged architects and students around the world to push the boundaries of modern wood building design in the urban environment. Entrants from 40 countries created their Plan B to urbanisation using wood (Kerto® LVL – laminated veneer lumber) as the main material. The task was to design a wooden extension to an existing urban building. The entries were designed to 69 cities worldwide.

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