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Wood City: An Eight-Storey Project Built Exclusively of Wood

Video October 1, 2020

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Wood as a building material has experienced a great renaissance in recent years. So far, it has played a leading role mainly in residential buildings, but thanks to technological advances, we can go much further. Or actually – higher. The first eight-storey office building, built almost exclusively of wood, is being built in Helsinki.

The Wood City complex includes already built wooden apartment buildings, followed by an office building and a hotel. The main role in the construction is played by the so-called LVL, a building material made of glued laminated wood, which is allegedly comparable to steel and at the same time significantly lighter than concrete.

The entire construction process is modeled in advance in the virtual Solibri system, whose precise calculations of wood sizes and shapes streamline the entire construction process.

With two thirds of the forest-covered land area, it is no wonder that the Finns have caught on to the trend of office wooden buildings. Therefore, it is definitely worth mentioning that a similar project is already being developed also in Prague, where Skanska is developing the first climate neutral office building in the Czech Republic.