The Metsä pavilion designed by Helin & Co has been shortlisted in World Architecture News Awards in the Wood in Architecture category.
The judges praised especially the innovative use of wood in the building commenting that “Having the possibility of dismantling and reusing a wooden structure of this scale is an incredible advancement”.
Metsä Wood chose Helin & Co as the designer of the pavilion based on the companies’ long collaboration on experimenting the possibilities of wood in construction. The pavilion is made entirely from Metsä Wood’s Kerto® Laminated Veneer Lumber elements. The building is currently serving as an event space on the plot of Finnish Embassy in Tokyo and will stay in its current location until the end of 2021. After that, the pavilion can be shipped to a new location and be rebuilt there.
The global WAN Awards acknowledge and celebrate excellent architecture. Now in its 13th year, the awards recognise the outstanding works of innovative, visionary and imaginative architects worldwide.
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