Accoya puts its best face forward at Helsinki’s Wood City development

16 December 2016

A new residential block in Helsinki’s Wood City will display the capabilities of Accoya to good effect as it rises above the Gulf of Finland.

The modified wood has been specified for the cladding of the eight-storey residential high rise directly located in the trendy Jätkäsaari district of Helsinki, where it directly faces the gulf.

The build will provide 98 new homes. The project is a joint venture developed by Stora Enso Wood Products, Helsinki City Apartments Limited, Novenberg Limited and SRV Group Plc.

Accoya was specified for the apartment complex by Finnish wood distributors Novenberg, which recommended the product for its durability, LEED certification and its environmental friendliness. Accoya will be treated using Rubio Monocoat to ensure an even weathering process.

Laura Keily, head of marketing for Accsys, said: “Once completed, Wood City will truly be one of the most striking architectural achievements anywhere in the world. The architects have tapped in to an increasing trend across Europe to build using traditional materials such as wood.

“By using Accoya, the apartment block will look visually striking when seen from the water and Accoya will also enable low maintenance costs. Accoya really is the natural choice for Wood City, and to see it being commissioned for a project of this scale and vision is testament to the quality of our product.”

The construction of Wood City began in spring this year and is expected to be completed by 2019. Alongside the new apartments, a hotel and eight-storey office block are also set to be constructed.

Petteri Huomo at Novenberg said: “Because Accoya is extremely durable and able to cope with extreme temperatures and weather exposure, it was a natural choice for the new apartment blocks, which face directly onto the Gulf of Finland. Not only will the finished homes look visually striking on the coast of the city, they’ll also age extremely well thanks to the acetylation process the wood has undergone.”