Finnmap Consulting, one of the leading structural engineering companies in Europe and part of the Swedish Sweco group, has been selected as the structural designer for the Wood City project in the Jätkäsaari district of Helsinki. Wood City, a joint project by Stora Enso and SRV, is set to be the tallest wooden urban quarter in Europe and a showcase for Finnish wood construction expertise.
Finnmap Consulting has previously designed several large-scale wood construction projects, such as a multi-function arena in Joensuu, and the largest wood apartment building in Finland which is located in Heinola. FMC has also designed the largest wooden school building in Finland, which is currently under construction in Kouvola.
Unique wooden urban quarter
Wood City is an eight-storey wooden urban quarter and will include office, residential, hotel and business buildings. The total floor area of the buildings will be 28,000 square metres. The project will feature the latest Finnish environmentally-friendly construction technology. Construction work is set to begin in 2014 and the first residents will move to the maritime district in 2015.
The winning entry in the architectural competition organised for Wood City last year was by Anttinen Oiva Architects. “The adjudication panel commended the winning design’s originality based on simplicity, reproducibility and economics over the whole life cycle, and its tailoring to the site. Wood will be a prominent feature of the cityscape, and the panel specially commended its expressive use at street level,” said Hannu Kasurinen, EVP, Stora Enso Building and Living, and chairman of the adjudication panel. “The way the wave-like design of the wooden ceiling continues through the facade at ground level is memorable.”
Sources: Tekniikka & Talous, SRV