June 30, 2017

Five for Friday: Wood in construction

Carrying on its long tradition in the sector, Finland continues to work wonders with wood.
Carrying on its long tradition in the sector, Finland continues to work wonders with wood.

The increased awareness of environmental issues worldwide is enhancing new solutions and accelerating wood-construction markets in Finland.

With 65 per cent of the country’s total land area covered in forest, it stands to reason that different wood conversion products have long been a major export for Finland. Recently, wooden structures from design furniture to skyscrapers are being built all over the world, with Finland riding the crest of the wave in this sustainable ligneous trend.

Hence, for this Friday, here are five Finnish ways to use timber in construction.

Casagrande Laboratory

Finnish Sustainable Architecture award-winner Marco Casagrande has been breaking ground with a city structure innovation, Paracity, that helps solve problems related to urban decay and offers a fast solution for reconstruction.

“The idea of Paracity is the same as a slum, where the residents quickly claim the available space,” Casagrande said back in 2015.

According to the website, Paracity is a biourban organism that is growing on the principles of Open Form. The growing organism is based on a three-dimensional wooden primary structure, organic grid with spatial six-cubic metre modules.

Kurikka Timber

This manufacturer of finger joint and laminated wood components for windows and doors has become a major player in the European window industry, thanks to acquisitions and considerable investments in production lines and facilities.

According to the company’s website, it strives to increase the window industry’s efficiency and productivity and help respond to the changing requirements related to energy efficiency and structures used in construction.

K2S Architects

These architects are known for their work designing public buildings and urban planning. K2S embraces the tradition of Finnish architecture that includes wood, light, artisanship and construction detail, all the while blazing a trail.

“What makes wood interesting is its versatility,” the firm’s Mikko Summanen explained to us in 2013. “It is an architectural all-rounder, perfect for everything from building frames and facades to interior cladding and furnishings.”


A global market leader in both the plywood and laminated veneer lumber (LVL) industries, Raute is keeping busy by landing deals in Poland and Russia, along with acquisitions and innovations.

“Smart Scan HD, the next generation log scanning system, is a game-changer in its own right when it comes to raw material savings in the green end, optimising algorithms according to customer needs with shorter peel-to-peel times and less lathe-charging failures,” Mika Hyysti, vice president of technology at Raute Finland said in 2014.

Rovaniemi Hirsitalot

Sustainably aware customers, especially in China, have found their true north in this company’s prefabricated houses. More and more Chinese people are enjoying healthy living in Rovaniemi log houses made in Lapland.

“Ecological housing is emerging in China, and high-quality Scandinavian house models are highly coveted,” managing director Timo Kähkönen told us in 2015.