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Puukuokka shortlisted for Finlandia Prize for Architecture

20 August 2015

The Kuokkala district of Jyväskylä city in the middle part of Finland is the home of the highest wooden house built in Finland so far. The house was built in 2014 and it is now shortlisted for Finlandia Prize for Architecture.

The 8-storey building is constructed with modular CLT elements produced by Stora Enso´s Wood Products Hartola unit and the project was conducted together with the construction company Lakea. The architectural desing is made by OOPEAA Architects.

The building includes 58 apartments that guarantee sustainable living by utilizing renewable building materials as well as energy sources. Also the name of the house, Puukuokka (wooden mattock) originates from the construction material, wood.

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The Finlandia Prize for Architecture was established in 2011 by SAFA, the Finnish Association of Architects. The Finlandia Prize for Architecture is awarded to a design or renovation design for an outstanding new building or building complex that has been completed within the past three years. The Prize promotes the appreciation of high-quality architecture and to highlight the importance of architecture in producing cultural value and increasing well-being.