Wood will be the primary material used to construct this building for the city administration of Espoo, Finland, which is being designed by studios Cobe and Lundén Architecture Company.
Named Espoo House, the 24,000-square-mere building is intended to pay homage to Finland’s history of timber construction. The municipal building will house the city’s administration and also be open to its residents.
The administrative building will be defined by its timber frame, which will be exposed internally and was designed by Cobe and Lundén Architecture Company to give the building “a warm atmosphere and quality”.
The use of wood is also an attempt to reduce the building’s carbon emissions, as the material has a lower embodied carbon when compared to traditional concrete and steel.
“Espoo House will be constructed primarily of wood; columns and beams of mass timber, slabs of CLT and a wooden clad facade, continuing Finland’s rich tradition of building in wood,” said Cobe founder Dan Stubbergaard.
“Unlike historical, large-scale and formal city halls, we envision a human, social and tactile house for the people and an urban living room for community building.”
Espoo House forms part of a wider masterplan for Espoon Keskus, the central district of Espoo. It will sit alongside a series of new residential blocks, which are being designed to collectively become the “new public heart of the city”.
Its form, which will be composed of different-height rectangular volumes topped with curving roofs, is also intended to form a distinctive landmark for the area.
“Espoo House will be open to all and be an active interface and meeting place for the citizens and decision-makers