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E2 Ecology and Economy / BIG

E2 Ecology and Economy / BIG
Courtesy of BIG
Courtesy of BIG

BIG shared with us their project E2 Ecology and Economy, for which they receive 1st Prize in a prequalified competition in Finland. More images and architect’s description after the break.

FROM CONCRETE TO WOOD Corbusiers DOMI-NO system was developed to industrialize construction with the new technologies of concrete structures at the time, and bring qualitative space to the masses. Today we face different challenges that call for new solutions.

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Courtesy of BIG

The vast majority of construction in forest rich Finland utilizes concrete. PUU-BO presents an alternative for the construction industry: to build new sustainable structures with wood. We address the growing demand for energy efficient, low carbon structures with an ever-evolving building system that is both competitive and innovative.

PUU-BO is a comprehensive prefabricated solution that is both more flexible and materially efficient than anything else on the market today. It is a system based not on predefined, standard elements but best practices. As such, it is designed for evolution. PUU-BO is engineered to be adaptable across a range of typologies and building uses – the very same elements could be used in both a 2-storey residential house and a wood skyscraper with no loss in material efficiency!

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Courtesy of BIG

An 8-storey low-energy pilot project is planned in the Finnish city of Kouvola, on the banks of the river Kymi. It is expected to be built in 3 phases, giving us the opportunity to evaluate and improve the system from phase-to-phase in an iterative process. Simultaneous product development, testing, and other efforts are to be pursued with the relevant stakeholders.

Architect: BIG Location: Kouvola, Finland Partner in Charge: Bjarke Ingels, Thomas Christoffersen Project Leader: Brian Yang Design Team: Krista Meskanen, Jelena Vucic, Alina Tamosiunaite, Alessandro Ronfini, Cecilia Ho, Elisha Nathoo, Sunming Lee, Long Zhuo, Mads Bjorn Christiansen Collaborators: AOA, Pirmin Jung Holzbauingenieur, Vahanen, Stora Enso Client: City of Kouvola Status: In Progress Images: Courtesy of BIG

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Cite: Sebastian Jordana. "E2 Ecology and Economy / BIG" 15 Mar 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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