Wood City promises architectural masterpiece in Helsinki

Winning entry chosen for the design of Finland’s largest wood-based urban quarter.

The winner of the Wood City architectural competition has been selected for the design of a wooden city quarter to be built by Stora Enso in collaboration with construction company SRV in the Jätkäsaari district of Helsinki. The winning entry entitled Stories by Anttinen Oiva Arkkitehdit will exemplify urban wooden construction and the latest Finnish environmentally-friendly construction technology.

“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,” says Hannu Kasurinen EVP, Stora Enso Building and Living, and chairman of the adjudication panel.

Sustainable wood-based solution

The wood-based urban quarter, so far the largest of its kind in Finland, will include office, residential, hotel and business buildings. The total floor area of the buildings will be 28,000 square metres. In design and construction of the buildings, priority will be given to solutions that improve energy efficiency. The Helsinki Housing Production Department will separately arrange tendering for the design and construction of the residential buildings to be built in the quarter under the city plan resulting from the architectural competition.

“We will build an unprecedented entity in the Jätkäsaari district in Finland. Wood-based solutions will no longer be confined to special projects. The development of regulations will facilitate the use of wood in a more flexible way than before in various multi-storey residential, commercial and office projects. We will have the opportunity to design and build living spaces in a novel, sustainable way,” says SRV Deputy CEO Timo Nieminen. The project is expected to be completed in 2016.

Sources: Stora Enso, Wood City