Innovative ideas shared openly
ClipHut received the Open Source Wood Award with the panel of experts praising its flexibility and innovative structural system that enables faster construction.
“We started out researching wood joints and in the end developed a building system. The system respects the properties of the wood material and optimizes its use”, explains the ClipHut team in their Open Source Wood submission.
The Open Source Wood Initiative by Metsä Wood is a collaborative online platform for architects and engineers to share their innovative ideas for modular wood construction. Users can upload their projects and concepts on the platform for feedback and collaboration opportunities. Metsä Wood’s experts evaluate the submissions and awards are given to the most innovative ideas, like ClipHut.
“ClipHut is the first idea I have seen where a handful of pieces could be used to construct almost any building shape. The use of plug-in connections between prefabricated components can offer fast installation on-site”, says Jussi Björman, Director of Technical Customer Service at Metsä Wood.
“We can see how sustainability is part of the Metsä Wood's mindset,” says Thomaz Viera, the system developer of ClipHut. “If we want to develop construction industry in an increasingly environmentally conscious direction, we shouldn't only invent better products. We also have to invest in a decentralized production and distribution chain, reducing our ecological footprint, increasing productivity and investing in mass customization solutions.”