Metsä Wood launches international competition to redesign cities in wood
Metsä Wood has launched a new international design competition called The City Above The City to explore how timber construction can tackle the problems of urbanisation.
The Awards are the next phase of the company’s Plan B initiative, a project focused on realising iconic architectural designs - including the Roman Colisseum and the Empire State Building - out of wood.
“Cities all over the world are in dire need of new ways to house a rapidly growing urban population,” the company said. “The City Above the City international wood design competition invites architects and students from all over the world to solve the challenges of urbanization in both sustainable and humane ways.”
“We need to start building up, and stop tearing down. We have an alternative. A building extension constructed with a timber frame can be a fast, sustainable and inexpensive solution,” said Michael Green of Vancouver-based Michael Green Architects, a member of the competition judging panel."
The entrants are encouraged to select a centrally-located building in one of the world’s most populated cities and develop an innovative wood design solution that adds density through additional floors. Building additional floors with Kerto LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber) as the primary material is a central requirement for the design work. Preferred cities include London, Berlin, Paris, Washington, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Istanbul and Shanghai.
The design should either integrate with an existing structure or knit itself into the urban fabric of the city. Entrants are challenged to propose construction systems that draw on the performance characteristics of a variety of wood technologies.
The competition will be evaluated by an international jury with extensive in-depth expertise in wood structure architecture and sustainable design.
The deadline for submitting projects for the City Above the City design competition is 30th of September 2016.
Further information are available here.