Wooden construction materials make Kerteminde feel like home


Kerteminde children’s home

Location Kerteminde Denmark
Building Year 2014
Architect Cebra
Customer Kerteminde Manicipality
Products Used Kerto LVL
Type Residential Buildings And Gardens

A wooden orphanage for the troubled children: more home, less institution

​​​​Metsä Wood supplied wooden construction materials and it’s expertise for social care initiative “The Children’s Home of the Future” in Kerteminde, Denma​rk. The building was highlighted with honorable mention in the crowning of Årets Byggeri 2014, Building of the Year 2014.​


The orphanage was built with focus on creating a beautiful and safe environment for troubled children and young people. One special wish for the building was to include wood in the construction along with glass, grass and bricks. It was important for the architects from CEBRA that the building design would help support a homely feeling.


  • Wooden constructions for Kerteminde children's home
  • Wooden constructions for Kerteminde children's home
  • Wooden constructions for Kerteminde children's home


Used Metsä Wood products were three-pin frames made from a combination of Kerto-S rafters and Kerto-Q columns with nailed corner connections. These frames were the only product which could demonstrate the strength, the free spans and the flexibility that was desired in this project.


Apart from the obvious wooden front and the big and warm inside vaults, the calm feeling is visible in a series of small and private cozy corners with the buildings pulled together and connected from the inside. CEBRA generally found Metsä Wood’s products to be more flexible, have better bearing capabilities and a path away from traditional institutional and cold surfaces.

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