Säie Pavilion named as the winner of the WAN Wood in Architecture Award!

From World Architecture News:

The winner was selected from six shortlisted projects which were chosen by our esteemed jury panel: James Greaves, Partner at Hopkins Architects, Professor Richard Harris , Professor of Timber Engineering at the University of Bath, Yew-Thong Leong, Associate Professor and Managing Director at Ryerson University / ssg architecture inc and Andrew Waugh, Director at Waugh Thistleton Architects.

Rather than using glu-lamination, the complex geometry of the building is achieved through actively bending pine elements and fixing them together using joints of CNC-cut birch plywood.

Yew-Thong would like to see the skills and knowledge gained on this project transferred to similar programs: “While I’ve seen many wood forms and shapes replicating gothic arches and vaults, this is the first project that studies wood construction in such a manner. I hope that this program continues, as I can see how the knowledge gained can be transferred to other wood-like or fibrous materials such as bamboo, carbon-fibre, etc.”

Andrew liked the overall look and details of the project: “I love this understanding, the kind of gothic structure and then a total re-examination and the fillet pieces. It’s just too beautiful.”

Richard commented on the engineering aspects of the Pavilion and also praised the innovation of the project: “It makes complete structural sense to do it like that, not just curvy roofs, but with flat roofs as well, pushing wood apart and using blocks, they’ve done the right thing, to set them back and use a shadow gap. What this project represents is innovation, through the use of computing, to get complexity in a computer and then fabricating it.”

James was also impressed and concluded by saying: “I like the way you get the laminations from the roof. When you see it in the canopy, it’s really nice. I just know that if I walked on to that stage, I would absolutely love it.”

Kokoon is complete!


The 2016 Wood Program project ‘Kokoon’ was designed and built to address the current housing situation in Finland and the severe shortage of temporary housing solutions for students, asylum seekers, displaced residents, and others with similar short-term needs.

In urban and sub-urban contexts, the pre-fabricated modules can be transported and combined into various configurations to fit numerous sites. Rather than the typical approach of autonomous, deployable steel containers, Kokoon allows for habitable space that can expand vertically and horizontally. Inside, the units deploy simple approaches to storage, lighting, and spatial division ensure that the residences are both practical and dignified.

Three prototype units were finished in Otaniemi and then assembled on-site in one day in the Museum courtyard. They will be displayed at the Museums until the fall and then used in various locations around Finland over the coming years.

Säie in Tuusula

The Säie pavilion now has a permanent home! Following it’s showing last summer in Helsinki, the pavilion was disassembled for winter and has now been re-constructed in the town square of Tuusula, just across from the town hall. The reconstruction work was overseen by former Wood Program students Laura Zubillaga, Hiroko Mori and James Stanier, who coordinated the work with students from the Keuda Vocational School in Järvenpää.


Thanks to all of the students and staff for their hard work!

Professor: Kari Laukkarinen


Eetu Forström

Krister Heikkinen

Veikka Mattila

Samuli Willman

Joel Waris

Tomi Turunen

Jere Harjuvaara

Markus Väänänen

Jani Pesonen


Three Wood Program projects selected for the Nordic Pavilion of the Venice architecture biennale this summer.

Three Wood Program projects, Luukku House, Säie Pavilion and World Design Capital Pavilion will be shown at the Nordic Pavilion of the Venice architecture biennale this summer.


The “In Therapy” exhibition is curated by David Basulto and James Taylor-Foster. It is organized as a survey of contemporary Nordic architecture around three themes Foundational (projects that fulfill basic needs) Belonging (projects that create spaces for gathering and relating individuals to one another) and Recognition (projects that reflect the latent societal values).


Read more about the exhibition here and here.

Säie Pavilion featured in the new issue of AV proyectos

The Säie Pavilion has been featured in the latest issue of the Spanish journal AV proyectos as one of six experimental pavilions designed and built by students around the world.

The editors write:

“Computational design, the use of parametric methods, the systematization of production with highly technological tools, logistic efficiency, and innovation in the selection and use of construction materials and methods are some of the issues that architects are most interested in today. To address these concerns, architecture schools and universities are developing teaching programs and workshops devoted to these matters. Set up in different parts of the world, six pavilions designed and built by students explore the building process from different perspectives, analyzing its development starting from the initial concept to the final materialization of its elements and details.”


In addition to Arquitectura Viva, the pavilion was selected for ArchDaily’s roundup of the best student work worldwide, and has been featured online at Art Territory and FinnishArchitecture.fi.

Liina Shelter commended by the jury of the 2014 WAN ‘Small Spaces’ award.

The Liina Transitional Shelter by Aalto University’s Wood Program was commended by the jury of the 2014 WAN ‘Small Spaces’ award.

The jury was impressed with Liina’s system of construction which allows the structure which uses no special tools and only a simple visual diagram. Jury member Paul Nicholson commented of the shelter “It’s the most innovative thing that we have seen so far”. Fellow jury member Esme Fieldhouse added of the simple strap system “This is one step up in terms of complexity.”

See more at: http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/project/2015/25368/wan-editorial/wan-small-spaces-award-2014.html?q=small%20spaces#sthash.7xfvXPT8.dpuf