In constant search for environment friendly construction materials, a team of architects in Finland has decided to bring the traditional log wood material ‘back to the future’ projects. Monio High School and Community Center in Tuusula explores the concept of timber log construction, and is slated to be the largest timber log school building in the world, following its completion in 2020.
Contemporary wood construction techniques will be applied to this traditional building material, to create a durable and environmentally friendly outcome. Log wood will ensure decreased carbon emissions in both construction stage and the building’s lifespan. Being an organic and breathable material, the log wood is expected to add to the architectural experience of the building, while improving the acoustics and airflow.
The campus design of Monio High consists of five intersecting log houses, inspired by old barrack buildings in the area. The placement of the five timber log houses will create an internal network of meandering streets, with lobby spaces on three levels. Overall, the campus will evoke a sense of a miniature city within its wooden walls; while the porosity of the design will create the impression of a layered urban environment.
Estimated construction period: Approval in 2018, completion by 2020.
Project lead by: AOR Architects, Tuusula