Open Source Wood initiative

Open Source Wood

An open ideas platform to foster modular wood construction.

Join the initiative

 Open Source Wood initiative - share you wood element designs

Join the initiative

Metsä Wood is calling on all architects and engineers to share their innovations in wood construction. The objective is to share knowledge about prefabricated elements and grow the use of wood in construction. Metsä is now sharing its own innovations and offering EUR 30,000 in prize money during 2017 to exceptional designs.

The first ever Open Source Wood Hackathon was organised in Nantes, France on December 13th. The Challenge was to create an innovative wood element for building design in multidisciplinary teams, mentored by experts. Read the press release | Read more about the event and see the results.

The 1st Open Source Wood Award goes to Maarten van der Breggen for his “Maskerade” building concept.  Are you the next winner? Read more about the Maskerade concept.

The only way to make construction more sustainable is by building with wood on a global scale. The world needs a Plan B.

Wood is a carbon-storing, renewable and strong construction material, yet it accounts only for a very small fraction of global construction. The wood construction industry is fragmented and local, while the construction business is dominated by two less environmentally-friendly construction materials – steel and concrete.

A successful future demands a fundamental reinvention and rethinking of how we build with wood – by developing prefabricated elements. We need to build faster, more affordably, more efficiently and more openly. That’s why we launched the Open Source Wood Initiative.

Open source in wood elements

Values guide Metsä Group's operations 

Open source in wood construction fosters innovation and increases knowledge.

Currently, not nearly enough knowledge about modular wood design and building is shared, so wood construction remains a limited sector of the construction industry. There is plenty of innovation, but it’s often not so easy to find. By sharing our best ideas and solutions openly we will deliver significantly increased growth. All shared elements are licensed CC BY 4.0.

Creative Commons

Creative Commons licenses provide a standard way for content creators to grant someone else permission to use their work.

(CC BY 4.0) means that You are free to:

Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially.

Under the following terms:

  • Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.

  • No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.

Why participate?


“We fundamentally need to challenge the way we build. Timber technology is now progressing so fast that knowledge transfer is often the bottleneck. Those of us who have expertise have a responsibility to share, and the fastest way is an open source approach promoting knowledge and innovation from all corners of the world.” – Eric Karsh, Equilibrium Consulting


Eric Karsh, Equilibrium Consulting

As the modular wood construction industry grows – everybody wins.

Most innovation in our sector today goes largely unacknowledged beyond its locality.

By sharing your innovations and insights with your fellow modular wood experts around the world you can build a reputation for yourself internationally, and you’ll also benefit from advice and reviews of your work by our platform’s an expert panel.  The Open Source Wood initiative also offers the chance to efficiently collaborate with your peers – wherever they are.

We are committed to working with architects who use innovative modular wood elements for building design – giving selected professionals like yourself the chance to move their designs from your desktop to actual projects.

Metsä Wood Awards 2017 -  30 000 € in prize money

In order to support the initiative, Metsä Wood launches a new award.


  • First prize 10 000 €
  • Second prizes 5 000 €
  • Third prizes 2 000 €

Criteria – Fast, Light, Green

Building element / module using Kerto® LVL (laminated veneer lumber) products as a major component:

  • Fast: The design enables fast building processes
  • Light: The design is light weight
  • Green: The design improves the CO2 balance of building.

Deadline for submissions 31.12.2017


Share your designs

Upload your wood element design

​​​Designs for modular building elements can be submitted. The element design must be (at minimum) 50% from wood. The submission must be a file size of 5MB or less. For more detailed information read the Q&A

The submitted designs are uploaded in the web service called to be launched later by Metsäliitto Cooperative (Metsä Wood). The use of the service is subject to the Terms of Use available at here and you agree that  the Terms of Use apply to your designs whether or not you use the service. Especially,  you agree to license the designs under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license (available at

Before sending your element please read the Terms of Use. By pressing the send button you will accept them. 

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What happens after I upload my design?

Share your wood element design 
  1. You’ll receive an email with confirmation that your submission has been received.

  2. We’ll provide expert advice from our engineer team for the submitted elements.

  3. We’ll be publishing those elements on a platform freely available for everyone. 

  4. We’ll work with architects to demonstrate what innovative modular wood elements can do.

  5. Your submission will be eligable to the Metsä Wood Awards 2017.


Fast, light & green articles

How we build now and in the future is critical to economic growth, human wellbeing, and our global climate. In the Fast, Light and Green series Metsä Wood opens up the possibilities of more sustainable, material efficient and productive construction through premium Kerto® LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber). The series provides insightful – even surprising – perspectives on why wood materials are often the superior choice over concrete or steel. We’ve also invited a diverse group of professionals who share our passion for wood to contribute their opinions and insights.