architecture magazine – Issue 3 2022

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Photo credit:Einar Aslaksen

The eco-friendly furniture factory

Architect: BIG, photo Einar Aslaksen

Norwegian furniture maker Vestre has taken sustainability to a whole new level. The vision is that all their furniture will last forever. Now they have built the world’s most sustainable furniture factory in wood – the spectacular propeller-shaped building has become an attraction in its own right.

Gaming giant builds block in Helsinki’s new wood city

Architect: Anttinen Oiva Arkkitehdit, photo Tuomas Uusheimo

Finland began working to kick-start its domestic wood industry a full 30 years ago. Rules on how high you could build in wood were amended to allow for a greater variety of designs. And even 10 years ago, there was little talk about climate footprints, explains Teemu Halme, architect at Anttinen Oiva Arkkitehdit in Helsinki

The value of the materials needs to be maintained over time

Photo: Johan Sjöstedt

Sustainability and climate change are playing an increasing role in construction. Trä meets Jenny Sjöstedt, coordinator of the West Sweden forum for circular business models run by Västra Götaland Regional Council. She stresses that we need to do things properly from the start.