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The Finnish Nature Centre Haltia, constructed with Stora Enso CLT, awarded in the European Museum of the Year Award 2015

22 May 2015
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​Finnish Nature Centre Haltia, built using Stora Enso’s cross-laminated timber (CLT) boards was one of the six winners in European Museum of the Year Award 2015 ceremony. It is also the first museum awarded with Special Commendation for Sustainability. The first prize, European Museum of the Year Award 2015 went to Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.


The Finnish Nature Centre Haltia was praised on its role not only of educating young people about nature, but also addressing the question of man's capability to cope on this planet, and carries a message for the future about the possibility of long term sustainability.


From its building materials to its energy-saving green technology, Haltia has been planned as an exemplar for the relationship between man and nature. The construction method and material choice are important aspects of the eco-friendliness of the nature centre. Thanks to Stora Enso’s CLT, the building is air-tight and protected against moisture, and it has good thermal and acoustic properties.


Heating, cooling and lightning are also implemented with minimal energy usage. The round shape of the building, for example, diminished the heating waste in winter and the positioning of the terrace reduced cooling need in the summer.

 

 

Read more about Haltia:

Rethink Article: Nature under one roof