Wooden buildings are all the rage right now, or at least they are in Scandinavia. Previously, we showed you a housing development shaped like wooden mountains in Norway, and now OOPEAA has completed the first high-rise wooden apartment in Finland. Named Puukuokka, it was crafted from prefab modules of cross-laminated timber (CLT) simply assembled like LEGO bricks.
Created for housing developer Lakea Oy, Puukuokka is ‘the tallest wooden apartment block in the country’ according to its architect, Anssi Lassila. Situated in Kuokkala, the 8-story building shelters a mix of studio flats, and one and two-bedroom apartments, each with its own sauna and balcony. Assembled from prefabricated modular cubical elements of crossed laminated timber (CLT), the building is beautifully strong and 50 times more fire safe than a similar one made of concrete.
The innovative idea of using CLT for a high-rise building kept construction time to a minimum, as the modules come ready for installation with finished interior surfaces and prepared with fittings. Clad in larch panels on the outside, its interiors are spacious and bright, and feel very pleasant thanks to the large amount of wood used.
Kuokkala is the first of three towers planned for the site and pilots a new, very interesting financing model: after renting for 20 years, the tenant becomes the owner.
Photos by Mikko Auerniitty