Metsä Pavilion

Metsä Pavilion

A wooden Metsä Pavilion in Tokyo

​Metsä Group and Business Finland are joining forces in building a wooden Metsä pavilion to be used in Tokyo during the Olympic games. The pavilion will be built on the grounds of the Finnish Embassy.  

The Kerto® LVL (laminated veneer lumber) products to be used in the pavilion’s construction are ecologically sustainable and efficient in terms of their material. Building with Kerto® LVL elements is fast and the lightness of the material enables construction on top of existing buildings, as is the case in Tokyo.


Finnish wooden architecture

The building will be made entirely from Metsä Wood’s Kerto® LVL elements. This pavilion is an example of innovative architecture based on industrially manufactured wooden elements. The design is based on the Kerto® LVL-based elements freely available to everybody in Metsä Wood’s Open Source Wood service.

The pavilion has been designed by world-renowned Finnish architect Pekka Helin from Helin & Co Architects. The Metsä Pavilion highlights the opportunities of wooden element construction on challenging urban sites.


Sustainably grown wood

The raw material for the pavilion comes from sustainably grown Finnish forests, owned by Jukka Heikkonen. Sustainable forestry always includes forest renewal. Each felled tree is replaced with four seedlings in the forest.

Forest owned by Heikkonen belonged to his father and his father before him. Heikkonen feels proud that 80-year-old trees from his forest will be used in the construction of the Metsä Pavilion.


Designing the optimal structure

The structural design of the Metsä Pavilion has been done by a Finnish company, AINS Group. Project Manager Lasse Hietanen is responsible for the structural design of the Metsä Pavilion.

The main goal was to create this unique building using as few parts as possible, making the production of Kerto LVL as efficient as possible. The Pavilion’s load bearing structure consists of Kerto LVL columns, pillars and intermediate floor and roof elements, all made of Kerto LVL Q-panels and Kerto LVL S-beams.

Seamless collaboration makes construction more efficient

The elements used in Metsä Wood and Business Finland’s Metsä Pavilion were produced at the Timberpoint factory in Loviisa, Finland. CEO and co-founder of Timberpoint Marko Suonpää  highlights that tight-knit collaboration between several professionals made the pavilion come to life. 

Projects like Metsä Pavilion present a perfect opportunity for industry professionals to get together and share knowledge – making the most of Kerto LVL as a fast, light and green construction material.

Rapid construction with wooden elements

The low weight of Kerto LVL elements was an advantage in the transport, and the lightness also made onsite handling easy. The load-bearing wooden structures for Metsä Pavilion were assembled in only 11 days. 

On site, Japanese architect Atsushi Ueda was monitoring the construction and assembling the wooden Pavilion. Additionally, Ueda’s team installed windows and finished up the interior and the visible surfaces of the Pavilion.

A wooden Metsä Pavilion in Tokyo

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Metsä Pavilion in Tokyo

World-renowned Finnish architect Pekka Helin has designed the wooden Metsä Pavilion on the grounds of the Finnish Embassy in the centre of Tokyo, Japan. Metsä Pavilion combines ancient Japanese aesthetics and minimalist sophistication.


Jukka Heikkonen is a forest owner from Punkaharju, Finland. Heikkonen’s trees will be made into Metsä Wood’s Kerto® LVL elements. The elements are then shipped to Tokyo, where they are constructed into Metsä Pavilion.


Lasse Hietanen is responsible for the structural design of the Metsä Pavilion. The project was an interesting one, since Japan’s strong winds and the risk of earthquakes posed a challenge to the structural design of the pavilion.


CEO and co-founder of Timberpoint Marko Suonpää emphasis the knowledge sharing and collaboration between industry experts. The wooden elements were produced by the element factory Timberpoint. Since the element factory had been part of the planning process from the early stages, production could be done with maximum efficiency.

​Architect Atsushi Ueda has provided help and consultation in getting the required perimts and his company Guest Architects is responsible for the finishing touches of the Metsä Pavilion. Ueda sees a growing importance in using prefabricated materials in construction, and is looking forward to developing wood construction with prefabricated elements together with Finnish professionals in the future. ​