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And then there were three: Finnish wooden apartment trio win for environment

Jessica Evans
30 May 2019

The Puukuokka Block is an energy-efficient and ecological trio of multistory wood-framed apartment buildings in the Jyväskylä suburb of Kuokkala.

Finland’s first eight-storey high wooden apartment building, Puukuokka One was finished in Spring 2015 and was followed by Puukuokka Two in 2017. Now with the completion of Puukuokka Three in 2018, the entire Block is ready and offers homes for 186 households from single dwellers to families with children.

The Puukuokka Block explores the potential of modular prefabricated CLT construction in order to provide environmentally responsible and affordable high-quality housing. Making the best possible use of the aesthetic and technical qualities of CLT, the large scale wooden building has a distinct architectonic expression of its own.

Aiming to support social sustainability through promoting stable communities, the block offers an innovative lease-to-own financing strategy. The Puukuokka housing has been well received by the residents and has been praised for its comfortable living environment with an excellent framework for a friendly and socially stable neighbourhood.

The structure and frame of the building is made of large wood and prefabricated volumetric CLT modules. Each apartment is composed of two modules - one housing the living room, balcony and bedroom, the other housing the bathroom, kitchen and foyer.

Optimisation of the entire production and construction process was taken into consideration in the design process. The period of construction on the site was minimized by the prefabrication of the modules, and allowed for production in controlled indoor conditions - reducing the risk of exposure to weather conditions and humidity during construction.

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