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.
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.