Danish and German companies win Finland’s E2 Timber Development Competition

Winning proposals by Bjarke Ingels Group BIG and Arup GmbH form basis for building multi-storey residential buildings in Kuusankoski, Finland.

The Danish company Bjarke Ingels Group BIG and German company Arup GmbH have been announced as the winners of the E2 Timber Development Competition organised by the City of Kouvola in Finland. The winning proposals will serve as a basis for developing the wooden house concept and building multi-storey residential buildings by the Kymijoki River in Kuusankoski, Finland.

According to the jury, the PUU-BO design by BIG creates an interesting living environment while effectively taking the construction site and its surroundings into account. The jury states that the E2volution design has structural clarity, based on the use of three basic elements. The structure enables quick construction and cost-effective transportation.

According to BIG, its PUU-BO community features an adaptable plan that allows the buildings to suit different uses ranging from residences to offices and beyond. The PUU-BO design brings style and nature to pre-fabricated construction while utilising sustainable materials. PUU-BO will be an exceptional pre-fabricated community, meshing 8-story apartment buildings with lower town houses and parks. The project will also include playgrounds, sports fields and a sauna that will be open to all residents of Kouvola.

The E2 Timber Development Competition aims to promote the adoption of prefabricated timber construction nationwide in Finland. The competition was organised by the City of Kouvola in collaboration with the Finnish Forest Industries Federation, the Finnish Innovation Fund, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, KSS Energy, and the Regional Council of Kymenlaakso.

Sources: Kouvolan Sanomat, Bjarke Ingels Group BIG