World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 Pavilion

JA+U : World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 by Aalto University Wood Studio ©Tuomas Uusheimo

JA+U : World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 by Aalto University Wood Studio ©Tuomas Uusheimo

The 470 m2 (5,059 ft2) pavilion is a rectangular platform covered by a translucent polycarbonate sheet supported by a triangular wooden grid. During the event, the pavilion is hosting large audiences (maximum of 500), who come for lectures, film series, exhibitions, as well as coffee breaks.

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Plan courtesy of architect

Within the pavilion there are  two triangular enclosures used as a cafe and a presentation space.

JA+U : World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 by Aalto University Wood Studio ©Tuomas Uusheimo

JA+U : World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 by Aalto University Wood Studio ©Aalto University Wood Studio

Detail section courtesy of architect

The floor of the pavilion is made of sawn timber structure, finished with pine glulam planks.

JA+U : World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 by Aalto University Wood Studio ©Tuomas Uusheimo

JA+U : World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 by Aalto University Wood Studio ©Aalto University Wood Studio

Structural diagram of the roof courtesy of architect 
red: primary beam, yellow: secondary beam, blue: tertiary beam, green: roofing support, black: column

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Longitudinal section

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Column details courtesy of architect

JA+U : World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 by Aalto University Wood Studio ©Aalto University Wood Studio

Exploded axonometry of column courtesy of architect

The roof is supported by 8 tree-like columns. The columns are made of six box-sections with a lattice core of structural timber and 18 mm (0.31 in) birch-faced plywood glued on either side. Each radiates its branches outward to support the ceiling grid above.

JA+U : World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 by Aalto University Wood Studio ©Tuomas Uusheimo

JA+U : World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 by Aalto University Wood Studio ©Tuomas Uusheimo

Photography by Pekka Sinikoski

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Exploded axonometric drawing of a typical beam intersection courtesy of architect

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Horizontal section courtesy of architect

The beams are similarly built with a core of structural timber finished with birch-faced plywood.

JA+U : World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 by Aalto University Wood Studio ©Aalto University Wood Studio

Diagram of bench unit courtesy of architect

Triangular benches, built around the bases of existing trees, are constructed by stacking UPM ProFi, a proprietary recycled wood / plastic composite.