TIGO brick system By Sean Choo, Simon Fleet, Cho Ling & Lorelle Yap

TIGO brick system

​​By Sean Choo, Simon Fleet, Cho Ling & Lorelle Yap (UP Architects)​


Our team approached the challenge of housing the world’s growing population from a different perspective. Rather than a specific solution for a particular building, could we imagine a flexible system of construction which anyone could use, for any site in the world?

We recalled a favourite childhood pastime of playing with LEGO. The value of the Lego system has never been more relevant to the challenges we are facing today - the need for speed in construction, adaptability for changes of use and sustainability (through increasing lifecycle - think about the last time you threw out a box of Lego!)

The TIGO (Timber-Lego) system is inspired by such attributes. We imagine a DIY system that requires little experience in construction. The pre-fabricated timber bricks are easily stacked and could be easily re-arranged to adapt to changing uses. TIGO is designed to be re-usable, or even be passed down to the next generations. It is a truly ‘sustainable’ solution that considers the lifecycle of the product in addition to its inherent quality of low carbon footprint and embodied energy.

TIGO is not only constructed from standard MetsaWood Kerto Q and S LVL, it is designed to be used in conjunction with existing Kerto-Ripa Floor and Roof elements for a complete building system. The bricks are load-bearing and dimensionally stable, and are secured in place by the studs on top and tubes on the inside. The hollow tubes are designed to allow services to be threaded through with the potential for steel reinforcement for increased structural stability and height.

The material on the outside of the brick could be a wide variety of standard façade products, allowing the building to be highly personalised. The inside face doubles as storage space and could be left open or covered with cabinet door panels. The brick is carefully engineered to use the minimum material required for adequate structure and manageable weight for 2 people.

TIGO takes out the complex issues of traditional construction and allows the builder to focus on the excitement of form and aesthetics. The builder is now truly a designer, a creator.

TIGO makes building FUN again.​

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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