’The Kerto LVL buildings’ – the Linnanfältti residential area of wooden three- and four-storey apartment buildings, is being constructed fast in Turku. A homely wooden neighbourhood is well on its way. The wooden residential buildings are built using elements based on Metsä Wood’s Kerto LVL (laminated veneer lumber) products, enabling fast, light and green construction.
Two of these three-storey and four-storey wooden residential buildings are ready. The third is in the interior construction phase, and the construction of the fourth building has started. Altogether, there will be 128 cozy homes.
City of Turku has enabled construction actors to experiment wood construction and build a new urban area. The goal has been to give new life to an old industrial milieu with different kinds of housing opportunities and services. The old wooden houses are now next to new wooden residential buildings.
"The project has been successful, and visitors call the area pleasant. It is a distinctive area with colourful buildings, quarter courtyards and soon also public art", says Mika Rajala, Architect at the City of Turku. He leads the steering group of the project.
Rajala points out that in Linnanfältti area wood construction means that the structures and facades of the buildings are made from wood.
Linnanfältti is situated close to Turku Castle and the Port of Turku, very close to the city centre. It is one of the largest wooden apartment building construction projects in Finland. Some 1,500 people will have homes there.