Archive 2014

Wood Engineering – On the 5th of November 2014

At the KUMU Art Museum Auditorium

Rune B. Abrahamsen
Sweco project Norway, Senior Vice president

The world’s tallest timber building
Rune B. Abrahamsen is an outstanding structural engineer, who is in charge of the construction of the 14-storey wooden apartment house in Bergen, Norway, the highest wooden building in the world. A remarkable achievement in the field of wood construction.

Matthew Wells
Techniker LTD, UK

Designing in Cross-Laminated Timber. Simplicity and Second-Order Effects
Critically acclaimed structural engineer, architect and author, Matthew Wells unifies structural engineering with architectural design. He founded his consultancy Techniker over 20 years ago to bring inspiration to non-standard design problems.
Matthew has delivered a wide range of new-build and refurbishment structures including arts centres, housing, schools and offices as well as a number of public realm and infrastructure projects. Key projects include Stadthaus, the tallest timber residential structure in the world; Sandal Magma School, one of the most carbon efficient primary schools in the UK and the Royal Victoria Dock Footbridge, a fully prefabricated transporter bridge assembled on site without bolting or welding.

Tõnu Peipman
Structural Engineer, Printsiip OÜ

One of the most acclaimed structural engineers in Estonia, who has long experience with wooden structures. Among his works there are many architecturally and structurally outstanding buildings both in Estonia and elsewhere.

Matti Kuittinen
Architect, Research Manager, Aalto University, Finland

Wood in carbon efficient construction
“Traditionally energy and carbon efficiency has been studied mainly from the use stage of a building. The EU is moving to zero-energy buildings by 2020. A zero-energy house can be built from different materials and construction methods that create different carbon footprint. The dominance of environmental loads of manufacturing building materials will increase as the operating performance of a building improves. As the environmental requirements for operating buildings are becoming stricter, the next logical step is to increase the carbon efficiency of construction materials and construction methods and to minimize the primary energy use and environmental loads over the entire lifecycle of constructions.

Laur Lõvi

Tondiraba Ice Hall glulam trusses
Tondiraba Ice Hall in Tallinn may seem like a fully concrete bulding from the outside, but hides a surprise in its interior. Gluelam trusses with their 62m span covering the building are the longest in Estonia. Laur Lõvi and Ragnar Pabort are the engineers who worked out the solution that was produced by the Estonian manufacturer Arcwood. Tondiraba Ice Hall is a great example of potential of wood structures.

Nick Milestone
Managing Director, B&K Structures Ltd, UK

Hybrid construction
Nick Milestone is Managing Director of B&K Structures Ltd Established in 2006 as a trading divison of B&K Steelwork Fabrications Ltd (est. 1972), the company was originally created to serve the needs of retail customers looking for a structural framed solution, using low-carbon sustainable materials. In the first year of trading, the company successfully achieved a turnover of £4.25m. In 2014 B&K Structures will achieve a turnover in excess of £27m based on its core product “Timber”.
The success and demand for engineered timber structures led to a complete change in focus, with the entire company adopting the name B&K Structures Ltd to reflect the new business strategy. The learning and innovations gathered from 20 years of experience in the UK steel construction industry have helped develop a successful timber structures business utilizing steel, glulam, cross laminated timber and structural frame technology for the residential, educational, leisure and retail markets.
Nick is also an active Director for the Structural Timber Association and Director and Vice-Chairman of TRADA (Timber research and development association) promoting the UK Timber Industry.

Wood Architecture – on the 6th of November 2014

At the KUMU Art Museum Auditorium

Fabrizio Rossi Prodi
Professor of Architectural Design at University of Florence

“European tallest timber building: Social Housing in Milan”
Fabrizio Rossi Prodi is Professor of Architectural Design at the University of Florence and architect of the nine storey social housing Via Cenni project in Milan, that is built of CLT. He has worked and lectured in China, Brasil, Argentina, Guyana and other european countries. He has partaken to many architectural competitions, concerning critical areas, urban spaces and other facilities, and he gained first prize 18 times.
In 2007 Alinea Editrice published a monography of his work titled Fabrizio Rossi Prodi – Architetture 1996-2006.

Sandra Frank
Folkhem Sweden, Marketing director

“The world’s highest apartment building fully made of wood”
Folkhem is a real estate development company based in Stockholm that uses wood in their projects in all parts of the building. They have finished two eight storey wooden apartment houses that are fully made out of wood. What are the main reasons for using wood from the perspective of a real estate developer? What is the opinion of the people living in these houses?

Patrick Thurston
Patrick Thurston Architects Office, Switzerland

“The power of craft in wood architecture”
The connection between traditions, craft and wood architecture is common in regions with high forest coverage. Smiliar to Estonian context, Swiss wood architecture has long traditions. Patrick Thurston has taken these traditions and turned them into modern wood architecture. In addition he has been active in the field of renovation and modernizing traditional wooden architecture.

Kimmo Lintula
K2S Architects, Finland
“First, and perhaps most important, there should be some quality in the space, materials and structure which touches ones soul. Architecture which moves a mans heart has roots. Our buildings always relate to their surroundings. They are never alone but a link in chain between what has been on the site before and what will be there after. We also like the idea that our architecture has its roots in the Finnish building tradition. The sensitivity to material and light as well as certain modest approach are all qualities that can exist as well in contemporary architecture. This is the third root. The fourth root reaches into the future. There is always an attempt to create innovation. This can exist as well in a new way of using materials as well as in a creative combination of form and structure.”

Emil Urbel
Emil Urbel Architects Office

Of wood and other
Emil Urbel is a recognized Estonian architect, who among many other prizes has also won the Wooden Building of the Year competition in 2012.