Pudasjärvi – Finnish Log Capital
Pudasjärvi is a little town with just over 8 thousand inhabitants, situated in Northern Finland. Despite its small size, it bears the title of the Log Capital of Finland. In 2016, Pudasjärvi Log Campus was built here, becoming the largest wooden structure in the world!
In 2016, Pudasjärvi Log Campus was built here, becoming the largest wooden structure in the world!
Pudasjärvi is surrounded by the vast forests. Nordic Pine, primary log house construction material, grows in abundance here. Pudasjärvi is also the home for the World’s largest log house factory, Kontiotuote. Every year, it produces several thousands of log houses both for domestic and international markets. It is no wonder that the traditions of log house construction are very well cherished and its benefits are very well understood in Pudasjärvi!
This little city, however, had a problem. Several of its schools were infected with mold, resulting in poor indoor air and causing discomfort for the students. The solution was found close, from the pristine pine forests! Wood is the natural choice against the mold as it purifies and energises the indoor air. So local government decided to build a new campus out of timber on the bank of Iijoki river.
Largest timber building in the world
Construction began in 2014 and in Autumn 2016 Pudasjärvi Log Campus opened for public.
The project was designed by Architect Bureau Lukkaroinen Oy, and carried out as a joint cooperation between the Kontiotuote factory who supplied the timber components, and contractor Lemminkäinen. The latter will also be responsible for the upkeep of the building for the next 25 years.
With a total floor area of 9,700 m2, Pudasjärvi Log Campus is officially the largest wooden building in the world! To build this enormous structure, 28 km of log beams were used. The campus is comprised out of 4 interconnected log sections in a setting of 2 wings. One of the sections has a reinforced concrete frame, as it also serves as a civil defence shelter and houses kitchen facilities.
The exterior walls of this section are cladded with timber, blending seamlessly with the rest of the structure.
The exterior walls are made out of 275mm log, while the partition walls are made out of 275mm, 205mm and 130mm laminated log. Some of the exterior walls are painted with cheerful colours, and the interior walls are coated with a transparent preservative.
Pudasjärvi Log Campus – Facts:
- Volume: 46,572 m3
- Floor area: 9,737 m2
- Completed: 2016
- Exterior walls: 275 mm log
- Interior walls: 275 mm, 205 mm and 120 mm laminated log
Natural light and pure air
One of the particular features of the house is the presence of natural light. The main lobby of the Campus has panoramic windows on its two sides. The lobby also serves as a canteen.
The main building has two stores with access to the offices on the second floor.
The roofs of the lobby areas are supported by load-bearing beams, made out of laminated log. As the wood in the walls will contract over the years, the beams are designed to allow that.
Adjacent to the main lobby is a sports hall, who also has wooden interior.
The building is very well illuminated by the natural light. The wing sections have their own lobbies, designed to give a comfortable and playful environment for the students.
Natural light enters the building through an elevated section of the roof, supported by wooden arches.
Wood has a purifying effect on air, proved by research. The air inside the building has a gentle scent of wood and pine needles. Wooden surfaces also provides for excellent acoustics!
Inner yard as a giant playground
The building complex surrounds a sheltered, sunny yard with a view to the Iijoki river.
The yard has features several playgrounds for pupils to play.
Pudasjärvi Campus has already voted as the public’s favourite in Tekla BIM Awards 2016. In Summer, it is also open for visits for a modest fee, and has already attracted thousands of visitors.
The Campus is an excellent proof that wooden construction is a truly modern and sustainable solution! Not only for residential houses, but also for public buildings and townhouses!
Pudasjärvi Log Campus – Key Actors:
- Developer/Customer: City of Pudasjärvi
- Architectural design: Lukkaroinen Architects
- Wood components: Kontiotuote Oy
- Contractor: Lemminkäinen Group
- Structural design: Sweco Rakennetekniikka Oy
- Interior design Lukkaroinen Architects
- Landscaping: VSU Landscape Architects Ltd
- HVAC design: Plan-Air Oy