Open Source Wood initiative

Open Source Wood

An open ideas platform to foster modular wood construction

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​Kerto® LVL gives new ideas for architecture students at MIT

In March 2018, students of architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Aalto University took part in Metsä Wood’s Open Source Wood Hackathon. The idea of the event was to give rise to innovative solutions for residential wooden extensions.

Together with his students, Mr Andrew Scott, Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at MIT, found new ideas for urban construction at Metsä Wood’s Open Source Wood Hackathon.

In Talking Wood video, Scott tells more about his thoughts and visions about wood construction and Kerto® LVL products.

​Watch Talking Wood video with Andrew Scott
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SPA-Bungalow - unique sauna experience


The SPA-Bungalow offers visitors a unique sauna experience at an altitude of 2,690 metres, with spectacular alpine views. The bungalow at the Lötschenpass Hut hotel in Switzerland is built entirely out of Kerto® LVL Q-panels, an ideal fast, light and green material for this exclusive design.


Industrial durability for the needs of transport and construction

Industrial Durability

Metsä Wood has published a new image series called “Industrial Durability”. The images visualise the value of birch plywood in the urban end-use context. The photos were taken by award-winning Finnish photographer Kimmo Syväri.

The growth of urbanization and e-commerce are driving demand for birch plywood. Construction is increasing mainly in cities, and the industry needs durable and light plywood for concrete formwork. E-commerce is increasing the number of delivery vans transporting goods in urban areas.

Watch the Industrial durability video, and explore our birch plywood products.


Hackathon brought together architects, students and wood construction professionals to compete

Open Source Wood Hackathon Växjö

The Open Source Wood Hackathon on October 23 attracted close to thirty architects, researchers, students and wood industry representatives. During an intense day, they had to collaborate as well as compete in creating innovative wooden buildings.

The challenge was: how could you construct a property at a specific building site using modular wood? The winning project, “Box”, was an innovative but simple solution based on wooden modules and clever connections. See all designs at



Lightweight wood enables ultimate architectural freedom

Architectural Lightness

Architects value wood products for their lightweight, strength and endless possibilities. Engineered wood products like Kerto® LVL have an excellent strength to weight ratio making it possible for architects to create astonishing wide-open interior spaces. Learn more about the possibilities of wood architecture.


Free online courses about Metsä Wood's products

Timber Academy - online courses for wood construction professionals

To serve our customers better and better we are offering free online video courses about our products. Courses cover a wide range of topics with a technical approach, and not just by underlining the characteristics of the products but introducing the advantages products offer.


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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.