The aim is to use the building for a variety of purposes
Little Finland has been designed by architects Jaakko Torvinen, Havu Järvelä and Elli Wendelin in collaboration with Professor Pekka Heikkinen and Architects NRT Oy and Arkitekturum Oy. The structural design of Little Finlandia was based on the possibility of reusing the building. Once the renovation of Finlandia Hall has been completed, Little Finlandia can be moved to other locations and used as temporary facilities for schools and daycare centers or for other renovation projects. What also makes the building special is that it looks nothing like temporary constructions usually do.
Wood – a versatile and sustainable construction material
Little Finlandia is a superb example of Finnish wood architecture, blending effortlessly into its surroundings. It is also a frontrunner in wood construction, adhering to the principles of sustainability and the circular economy. Wood is a sustainable construction material, and the use of wooden modules enables the building to be flexibly adapted, ensuring it a long useful life. “Wood stores carbon throughout the building’s life-cycle. For example, the Kerto LVL (laminated veneer lumber) used in Little Finlandia has a carbon storage of 484.5 ton CO2 eq.,” says Lassi Moisio, Sales Manager, from Metsä Wood.
The renovation of Finlandia Hall is to be completed by the end of 2024, so Little Finlandia will serve its current purpose at least until then. The building can then be used for other purposes. “To ensure that the building meets the requirements for adaptability, transport, and reuse, it must be constructed from durable and premium-quality materials. The elements, made of Kerto LVL products, ensure a long-lived building that withstands heavy use,” says Moisio.