The hackathon is part of Metsä Wood’s Open Source Wood initiative aiming to increase openness and global collaboration to make wood construction grow.
Altogether 30 architecture students, teachers and professors from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Finnish Aalto University took part in the hackathon. Students were divided into teams with a concrete and challenging mission: to design residential living units on top of an existing parking hall in a prominent location. The assignment was to use engineered Kerto® LVL products and finish the design in just six hours.
“I think not sharing is good way of stopping development. In our educational work we always look for the solutions that have already been made. Utilizing something already invented is not copying, it’s a wise way to develop your own design. This hackathon was a great opportunity for all of us to learn. Building extensions is topical issue, and even just one good idea per day is a great achievement”, professor
Heikkinen, the leader of Wood program at Aalto university, says.
At the end of the day, all teams presented the fruits of their co-operation. The winning design called Matrix introduced a modular plan for residential housing using flexible living units with sliding floor and wall panels.