Open Source Wood hackathon in Nancy provided wooden solutions for student housing

Metsä Wood’s 5th Open Source Wood hackathon was organised on 21 March 2019 in Nancy, France. This was already the second hackathon to take place in France. The event was organised in collaboration with the Nancy School of Architecture (Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Nancy) and the Hors-Site magazine.
  • Press releases
  • |
  • |
  • Metsä Wood

Open Source Wood is an initiative that aims to increase the use of wood as a building material by making knowledge and innovation of wood construction better available to everybody. Hackathons invite professionals and students of wood construction to collaborate in multidisciplinary teams. The teams are challenged to design a wooden module or element within a single day. After the event, the designs are uploaded on the platform, from which anyone can download them and utilise them in their own projects. The designs are licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0.

This time, the hackathon was organised at the Nancy School of Architecture in France and in collaboration with Hors-Site magazine. The challenge was to design a solution for student housing, and the task was to create a wooden module that could be used to build a multistorey house. “It is exciting to see how students in architecture and wood engineering can work with professionals and rethink how a student home can be built using modular wood construction,” says Franck Besançon, a teacher at the Nancy School of Architecture. It was also a requirement to demonstrate how the building could be easily relocated if it were needed somewhere else.

The end results provide practical examples of how using Metsä Wood’s Kerto LVL (laminated veneer lumber) can provide fast, light and green solutions for housing. The winning design is based on portal frames made of Kerto LVL S-beams. The basic solution is easy to extend into multistorey buildings as well. “Off-site construction challenges us to rethink the way we work through the construction chain. The hackathon challenge, completed within a day, requires similar teamwork, resulting in 2D or 3D designs of elements,” says Pascal Chazal, CEO at Hors-Site Magazine.

All the end results are available and free to use at

Images and a video of the day:

For more information, please contact:

Viivi Kylämä, Marketing Manager, Metsä Wood
mobile: +358 40 820 9850,

Metsä Wood

Metsä Wood is one of the leading European producers of engineered wood products. We are committed to serving three segments: construction, industrial and distribution customers. Our primary products are Kerto® LVL, plywood and other wood products. We also sell Nordic timber produced by Metsä Fibre.

In 2018, Metsä Wood's sales were EUR 0.4 billion, and it employs approximately 1,500 people. Metsä Wood is part of Metsä Group.

Follow Metsä Wood: Facebook | LinkedIn | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest