Good News from Mon, 21 May, 2012:

Pavilion gives heart to Design Year

The pavilion showcases Finnish sustainable wood architecture The pavilion showcases Finnish sustainable wood architecture

One of the busiest months in the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 programme is in full swing after the opening of a pavilion made from Finnish wood.

The temporary pavilion located between the Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Design Museum in Helsinki is one of the key meeting places for this year’s events.

The 470 square metre structure is a showcase of Finnish sustainable wood architecture. It offers a free programme for all visitors from Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 9pm between May and September. After the summer the pavilion will be recycled and relocated.

The pavilion, which includes a café and library corner, was realised by WDC Helsinki 2012 in collaboration with Aalto University, the Museum of Finnish Architecture, the Design Museum and UPM.

Helsinki is the World Design Capital in 2012 together with Espoo, Vantaa, Kauniainen and Lahti. The WDC Helsinki 2012 theme is Open Helsinki – Embedding Design in Life.

One of its goals is to demonstrate the benefits of design in solving the challenges of urban life. The programme contains more than 300 projects.