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Prefabricated LVL elements used in multi-storey apartment buildings in Verksbyen

Verksbyen, a new green neighbourhood in Fredrikstad in Norway, showcases the future of sustainable living. As part of the project, construction company Arca Nova Bolig is building five five-storey apartment buildings situated in Capjon Park area in Verskbyen. The buildings are being constructed using Metsä Wood’s Kerto® LVL (laminated veneer lumber) products – making the construction fast, light and green.

Verksbyen is going to become home for 5,000 people within the next 10 years. It aims to be Norway’s most innovative housing project.

Open Source Wood challenge: Large wall panel connections

Open Source Woos New Open Source Wood challenge is now open! The aim is to find a clever and practical way to connect LVL (laminated veneer lumber) panels into large sheets.

The challenge entries must be submitted by 30 October 2019 and the best design will be rewarded with 5,000€.

A wooden Metsä pavilion in Tokyo during the 2020 Olympic Games

Metsä Pavilion - elegant Finnish wood architecture

​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.

The raw material for the pavilion comes from sustainably grown Finnish forests, owned by Jukka Heikkonen. 


Cranleigh School’s new building combines steel frame and wood elements

Cranleigh School in Surrey in the United Kingdom was established in 1865. As part of the historic school’s campus development project, two old buildings have been renovated and turned into the van Hasselt Centre – a new building with teaching space and a café. The centre was built using a hybrid structure consisting of a steel frame superstructure with wooden roof and floor elements. Metsä Wood’s Kerto® LVL (laminated veneer lumber) products were used for the prefabricated wood elements.


Sustainable building and resource efficiency with wood

Wood buildings are material efficient

The construction sector continues to consume globally around one third of the planet's already limited resources. Building with wood products like Kerto LVL enables the vitally important change towards sustainable building. Increasing the use of sustainably sourced wood in construction is a much-needed step in the right direction. 

Roofing with extremely long wooden elements for an indoor swimming pool in Luxembourg

German architectural office Auer Weber designed the roof structure for the new indoor swimming pool at the Sports Centre Cents in Luxembourg. The ceiling was built using extremely long wooden elements, extending up to 23.75 metres. This enabled the long-spans and the attractive design of the roof. The key for making this possible was using fast, light and green Kerto LVL (laminated veneer lumber) products produced by Metsä Wood.

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    Finnjoist i-beam
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Open Source Wood - platform for knowledge sharing

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.