Construction work will start this year on a modern wood housing district in the Papinpelto area of Rauma in western Finland. Papinpelto’s 5.3 hectare area will feature 2-5 storey wood apartment buildings, creating homes for about 400 residents.
Rauma has a long tradition of wood architecture. The city’s Old Rauma district is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and consists of about 600 protected buildings. Architect Kimmo Lylykangas, winner of the architectural competition for the Papinpelto site, will continue this tradition using modern techniques and in the spirit of future innovation.
Finland is ideal for testing construction solutions
Papinpelto is seen as a unique construction project both in Finland and on the European level. The major construction company undertaking the Papinpelto project is Rakennusliike Halonen Oy in partnership with Kuhmon Puuelementti Oy. Construction work is set to begin this year following the completion of the planning process for the site.
Thanks to its northern location, Finland provides ideal conditions for testing challenging construction solutions, even under arctic conditions.