Metsä Wood's advent calendar

Isn't it amazing what wood can do? Take a look back at the 24 inspiring wood construction cases on our advent calendar.

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Quick roof construction with wood elements

“Only the Brave” design under wooden roof.

The roof of Diesel Benelux headquarters in Amsterdam is a masterpiece: raw, sturdy, natural and dares to be different - like the Diesel brand. The lofty headquarters has office spaces as well as showrooms. Diesel also wanted a space where they could hold fashion shows, and so the building was designed with an open atrium. Metsä Wood’s products were chosen because with Kerto LVL products it’s possible to build with long spans that allow open spaces.

Images by Diesel Benelux

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Read more about the Diesel Benelux headquarters' roof structures

 

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Playing tennis under a green roof

Hurlingham racque club under a roof made of wood elements

Fancy a round of tennis?

The exclusive Hurlingham racquet centre in UK is a green oasis of tradition. The building with curved green roof hides inside several tennis and squash courts. The wooden roof structure is lightweight but strong enough to support a heavy green roof.

The hall for four tennis and four squash courts is 35 metres wide and 55 metres long. The main span consists of suspended steel beams placed with large gaps of 12.9 metres. The roof elements placed between the beams are made from Kerto LVL using structural gluing. With any other material, trusses would have had to be more densely spaced.

Read more about the wooden roof elements used at the Hurlingham centre

 

Images by The Hurlingham Club, London and Metsä Wood UK

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Holiday break lodge shaped like a boat turned upside-down

Lodge for a holiday break shaped like a boat turned upside-down

The construction of three new Waterside Lodges at Center Parcs Elveden Forest in UK is an ambitious architectural and engineering project. The design of the new lodges is a references to the watersports activities of the lake.
Wood was a natural choice of building material, which would blend in seamlessly with the natural forest setting. The beautiful shape was created with Kerto LVL.

Read more about the Center Parcs project
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Special setting for an office lunch

Special setting for an office lunch

Metsä Group's head office in Espoo, Finland, has a modern staff canteen built with Kerto LVL columns and roof elements.

Today, like we do every year, we invited local forest owners with their families to join our Christmas party hosted in this canteen.

Read more about the Metsätapiola's wooden structures and interior
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Urban living on the rooftops

Urban living on the rooftops

​As part of an urban development project in Poissy, near Paris, 33 new apartments were constructed on top of existing residential buildings.

The apartments were built with wooden modules made from Kerto® LVL products. Thanks to the prefabrication and light wooden structures, the construction took only six months to complete.

Read the press release of the vertical extensions in Poissy

 

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Dome of Visions 3.0

Dome of Visions 3.0

​Dome of Visions 3.0 is a perfect example how to combine sustainable construction and urban culture. It was built in Aarhus, Denmark in 2017, when the city was the European Capital of Culture. For this occasion, a huge transparent dome of glue-laminated timber served as the Aarhus municipal pavilion for building culture. The dome-shaped building gives inspiration for new ways of building and living.
 
The architect Kristoffer Tejlgaard focuses on sustainability and to him the natural choice of building material is wood. The facade of the dome is transparent, strong and built on a wooden grid of beams from sustainable and PEFC certified Kerto LVL. The building inside the dome is made from CLT.
 
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Next level construction with prefabricated wood elements

Next level construction with prefabricated wood elements

​Blueprint Robotics has brought prefabricated wood construction technology from Europe to the United States and builds family homes in North East part of the country.

The houses are produced using prefabricated, customized wooden elements. All elements include Kerto® LVL products by Metsä Wood.

Read more about Blueprint Robotics and the future way of building
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Pro Nemus - showcase of wood construction

Like a walk in the woods.

Metsä Group's new Pro Nemus visitor centre is a unique experience showcasing Finnish forest industry and wood construction.

Pro Nemus, located next to the Äänekoski bioproduct mill, introduces an exhibition combining virtual reality, nature and interactive experiences. The 1,000 m2 building showcases the versatility of Metsä Wood’s engineered wood products, combining industrially manufactured wooden elements and unique architectural solutions with detailed carpentry.

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Compact and flexible modular housing with Kokoon

Compact and flexible modular housing with Kokoon

Kokoon modular system was designed by Aalto University's students for temporary housing, but the concept is adaptable for larger housing units and on an industrial scale.

The modules have proven to be relatively easy to disassemble and transport, as Kokoon has been on display in different events and exhibitions.

Kokoon was also rewarded by Open Source Wood, an initiative by Metsä Wood to support knowledge sharing in wood construction.

Discover more about the Kokoon
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Perfect Christmas get-away with Alpine views

Perfect Christmas get-away with Alpine views

​Wouldn't it be awesome to spend the Christmas holidays in this sauna bungalow with beautiful Alpine views? The SPA-Bungalow in Switzerland was built with wooden Kerto® LVL modules.

The modules were so lightweight they could be transported by helicopter!

Read more about SPA Bungalow

 

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Adding 16 floors on top of an old shopping centre

Adding 16 floors on top of an old shopping centre

The original building was constructed in 1948 as a shopping centre in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The building got a new life in 2012 when it was restored and 16 new residental floors were built on top.

Constructing on top of existing building requires extremely lightweight building materials - and use of wood provided the perfect solution.

Read more about the extension project of De Karel Doorman building.

 

​Images by Ibelings van Tilburg architecten.

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Old windmill turned into a holiday nook

Old windmill turned into a holiday nook

​Cockfield Windmill in UK got a total rebirth into a fantastic open living space with beautiful views to Suffolk countryside. The renovation was done with Kerto LVL panels cut into archs.

The wooden archs give the room a special atmosphere well fitted for a holiday in countryside.

Read the full story about the Cockfield Windmill
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New face for Paris police headquarters

Wooden extension for Paris police headquarters

The Paris Préfecture de Police headquarters located in the heart of the old centre of Paris needed an extension for a reception center. The construction site is surrounded by old, protected buildings, which means that foundation work had to be kept to minimum. The structures had to be built quickly since the site is in the busy area.

Architect Fabienne Bulle wanted to use Kerto LVL because of its lightness and fast construction time. The pre-fabricated frame elements were brought to the site at night and were erected during the day.

Read the full reference story
Watch a Talking Wood video with architect Fabienne Bulle

 

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Last minute Christmas shopping?

Last minute Christmas shopping?

Östermalm's historical market hall is closed for renovation, but no worries! The temporary market hall invites visitors to shop and have a snack or drinks in a welcoming atmosphere.

The temporary building is an interesting combination of wood, glass and plastic. The structure creates a bright, luminous and modern space, which has now become a popular sight.

Read more about the Östermalm's temporary market hall.

Images: Felix Gerlach and architecture firm Tengbom

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Setting an example for low carbon construction

Setting an example for low carbon construction

​Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) is a meeting space for low carbon innovation and technology. The building itself sets an example of sustainable construction.

Kerto LVL products were used in the timber frames of the building and also in the roofing elements.

Read more about the building project
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More home, less institution. A wooden children's home of the future ​​

A wooden chidren's home of the future ​​

​​​The construction of the “The Children’s Home of the Future” in The Kerteminde, Denma​rk is a social care initiative to create a beautiful and safe environment for troubled children.

The homelike feeling is visible in a series of small and private cozy corners with wooden details. Metsä Wood’s Kerto LVL products helped to path away from traditional institutional and cold surfaces.

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Wooden interior creates a warm and quiet atmosphere

Wooden structures and interior for a church

The ageless Immanuel Church in Cologne, Germany, has received several wood construction awards during the years.
In this project Kerto LVL was used in the load bearing structures and the wood surface is left visible in the interiors.

Read more about the Immanuel Church
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Dashing facilities for a variety of sports

Curved wooden roof

​The sports complex in Clamart, France, contains a dōjō, a gym, a track and field area and a tennis court, all within one floor, covered with a wooden roof of 5 200 m2.

Use of Kerto® LVL enabled the best possible freedom of curvature to fulfil the architectural vision of the complex.

​Images copyright Sergio Grazia

Read more about the Clamart Sport's Centre
Watch a Talking Wood video with architect Gaétan Morales
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Wooden roof

Unique roof nestled into the surrounding scenery.

The new centrepiece of the regional college in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany, is a multifunctional hall that is used for dining during the day and for events in the evening. The exceptional roof construction was made possible by using Metsä Wood’s Kerto® LVL products.

The building is placed in a sort of "hollow," one level below adjacent access to floor areas. Visitors see a floating roof, which is perfectly integrated into the landscape. The roof not only fulfils design aspects, but also several other functions. The exceptional roof construction was made possible by using Metsä Wood’s Kerto® LVL (laminated veneer lumber) Q-panels and S-beams.

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ClipHut structural system for efficient building

ClipHut structural system for efficient building

​ClipHut is a Open Source Wood award winning building system that makes construction easy. Just insert the specifications to the software and you'll have a complete set of drawings for your project.

The building system is based on clever clipping joints that make installation easy - even if you don't have much experience on building.

Read the all about the ClipHut construction system
See all the awarded designs at opensourcewood.com
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Astounding interior built entirely from Kerto® LVL

Astounding interior built entirely from Kerto® LVL

​One Main Office in Boston USA went through a complete renovation and received a wavy wooden interior with built in furniture.

This project is a showcase for an untypical use of Kerto® LVL, that is usually used in structural members.

​All images of One Main by dECOi Architects, Director Mark Goulthorpe, Project Architect Raphael Crespin.

Read more about the wooden interior of One Main office
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One of the world's biggest wooden constructions

​Metropol Parasol – One of the world’s largest wooden buildings.
The astonishing building, nicknamed as Las setas (mushrooms) by the locals, brought new life and city culture into one of the oldest market squares in the City of Sevilla in Spain. The extraordinary building's large parasol structures offer an archeological museum, a farmers market, an elevated plaza, multiple bars and restaurants both beneath and inside the parasols, as well as a panorama terrace on the very top.​ Use of Kerto LVL Q-panels made it possible to create the eye-catching grid structure.

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The world's tallest wooden building will be ready soon!

The world's tallest wooden building will be ready soon!

​The world's tallest wooden building will be ready soon!

At 18 storeys, Mjøsa Tower in Brumunddal, Norway will take title of world’s tallest wooden building. The project is scheduled to be completed in March 2019.

In this project Metsä Wood's Kerto LVL products are used in the intermediate floor elements.

Read the press release from last year when the project was started. We will cover the full story once the building is completed - stay tuned!

Images by Voll Arkitekter AS and EVE

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Saving a historical bath with engineered wood

Saving a historical bath with engineered wood

Kaifu-Bad is the oldest swimming pool complex in Hamburg Germany. The entire complex is a protected monument built originally in 1895. The bath was closed for many years because the roof was in danger of collapsing. As part of the renovation project, one of the pools was converted into a salt-water bath, which poses unique challenges.

How could Kaifu-Bad be renovated in a way that respects the protected design, meets modern sustainability standards, tolerates the challenge of salt water and stays within budget? This could only be done with Kerto® LVL.

Images of the completed renovation by MRLV Architekten, Herr Voss.

Read more about the Kaifu-Bad's roof structures