Among the exhibits at the Floriade 2012 World Horticultural Expo presently taking place in the Netherlands is the My Green World exhibition centre, constructed from Metsä Wood’s wood-based products. The architecturally unique wooden structure is reminiscent of a seed sprouting from the earth.
The 1,200-square-metre My Green World pavilion was constructed within the space of six months. The exhibition centre was designed by the Dutch companies GLC Zuid and STEP Engineering which specialise in 2D and 3D modelling. The architect of the building, the interior and the surrounding is 2D3D Design from the Netherlands.
— My Green World is a great example of how wood can be a competitive material also in constructing fairs and exhibitions. The benefits of using wood products for building include the speed of construction, the flexible possibilities for modifications and its ecological sustainability, says Ari Tiukkanen, Senior Vice President, Building Products, Metsä Wood. Following the World Expo, plans are to use the structure as a business facility.
The angles, curves and measurements of the pavilion were moulded at Metsä Wood’s Aichach plant in Germany, the same facility which manufactured the wooden parts for the Parasol Metropol which was completed in 2011. The parts were delivered by Metsä Wood (formerly Finnforest). Parasol Metropol, located in Seville, Spain, is numbered among the world’s largest wooden buildings.
Floriade 2012, the World Horticultural Expo organised once every decade, is open to visitors in Venlo, the Netherlands, between 5 April and 7 October 2012.
Metsä Wood offers solutions for industrial construction, industrial customers and the home. Its products are manufactured from Nordic wood. Metsä Wood is part of the Metsä Group.