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Talking Wood: Reshaping the future of construction with hybrid solutions

Talking Wood Tao Gofers drawer

Sirius building in Sydney, Australia is a prominent example of brutalism. It was built with the cheapest material available at the time – concrete. Architect Tao Gofers originally designed the Sirius building, and now on our Talking Wood video he reflects on the decision made back in the 70s. He states that today we would pay more attention to the sustainability and the carbon footprint of the building. 

“In many cases, as much as 25% of these materials could easily be replaced with Kerto® LVL. The end result would be beautiful as well as more sustainable, because wood is an effective and aesthetic material. I believe wood elements will be an essential part of tomorrow's better cities – hybrid cities,” says Gofers.

Watch the Talking Wood video to learn more.


A wooden Metsä Pavilion in Tokyo

Metsä Pavilion

​Metsä Group and Business Finland joined forces in building a wooden Metsä pavilion on the grounds of the Finnish Embassy in the centre of Tokyo, Japan.. The Pavilion will be used as a venue for different Embassy meetings and Business Finland events. It will also host the Finnish national team during the 2021 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

This pavilion is an example of innovative architecture based on industrially manufactured wooden elements. The building was made entirely from Metsä Wood’s Kerto® LVL (laminated veneer lumber) 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. 

Project Manager Lasse Hietanen, from Finnish AINS Group, is responsible for the structural design of the Metsä Pavilion. The main goal was to create this unique building using as few parts as possible, making the production of Kerto LVL as efficient as possible.

The elements used in Metsä Wood and Business Finland’s Metsä Pavilion were produced at the Timberpoint factory in Loviisa, Finland. CEO and co-founder of Timberpoint Marko Suonpää  highlights that tight-knit collaboration between several professionals made the pavilion come to life.

The low weight of Kerto LVL elements was an advantage in the transport, and the lightness also made onsite handling easy. “The elements could be quickly put together on site,” says Jyrki Huttunen, CEO of Puurakentajat Oy, the company responsible for the erection of the Pavilion in Tokyo. On site, Japanese architect Atsushi Ueda was monitoring the construction and Ueda’s team also installed windows and finished up the interior and the visible surfaces of the Pavilion.


Open Source Wood gathers structural calculation tools in one place

Open Source Wood offers innovation, ideas and a library of element and module designs, freely available to everyone. Now, Open Source Wood also offers easy access to structural calculation tools.

Close – increases citizens’ awareness for sustainable urban construction

Decisions city hero

Accelerating urbanization is a worldwide phenomenon. Cities produce more than 70% of global CO2 emissions. This means that the choices that cities make have huge implications for the people and for the planet. The citizens are usually not involved in making decisions about construction materials in the cities, one reason why concrete and steel predominate. 

To help both citizens  and decision-makers push for more sustainable urban construction Architectural Democracy, Metsä Wood, and Accenture Interactive came together to explore how to turn todays’ rigid and exclusive urban construction process to a more inclusive and sustainable one - in a digital tool called is a  showcase of a playful, yet informative online interaction platform that allows anyone to adjust the mix between different building materials; wood, concrete and steel - and to see the differences over time. “ is an interactive experience that allows people to learn and understand how their city can develop in the future”, says Elliot White, Service Design Lead & Resident Architect at FJORD part of Accenture Interactive. 


New country-specific Kerto® LVL span tables

Span tables
The new span tables are drawn up for the pre-dimensioning of large panel-based walls, floors, and roofs. The structural solutions are based on Kerto LVL Q-panels. In turn, the previously published span tables are suitable for the design of beam and frame structures. The span tables will be launched gradually starting from May. Charts for load-bearing wall structures was launched first.

“The span tables for Kerto LVL products offer simple and fast tools to support the work of designers, engineers and builders. They help in optimizing the structures, making the actual construction work more efficient. There is a high demand for solutions like this, which help in planning and designing the work,” says Janne Heikkilä, Technical Customer Service Manager.


Hybrid sandwich wall element – sustainable and efficient construction

Hybrid construction offers construction companies more sustainable way of building without changing the current way of construction. Metsä Wood and its partners have designed a hybrid sandwich wall element which will renew offsite construction. The innovation combines concrete with Kerto® LVL (laminated veneer lumber). The first construction project to use the elements is Metsä Fibre’s Rauma sawmill.

The need for more sustainable solutions is acute, because construction causes 30% of all CO2 emissions. Combining concrete and Kerto LVL, the hybrid sandwich wall elements offer an easy way to replace typical concrete sandwich elements, the popular wall element in residential multi-storey buildings in Nordic countries.

Most importantly, the innovation guarantees efficient construction.

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  • Nordic premium timber

    Nordic premium timber
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    Finnjoist i-beam
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