The Finnish Association of Architects (SAFA) has awarded Puukuokka with the Finlandia Prize for Architecture in 2015. This eight-storey wooden building located in the city of Jyväskylä has been jointly realised by Stora Enso and Lakea. The architectural design is made by OOPEAA Architects. The award-winner was selected by the Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho.
"Puukuokka unites the aspects that I value in architecture as well as in life. Puukuokka is a bold and ambitious work including new construction technology, but it is also humane and aims toward ecological choices and improvement of quality of life," comments Kaija Saariaho on her motivation for the selection.
"The Finlandia Prize for Architecture is a great honor for wooden construction. We are extremely proud to participate in the realization of Puukuokka and at the same time promoting modern wooden construction," Jari Suominen, Head of Stora Enso Wood Products says.
Kaija Saariaho was pleased by the comprehensiveness of Puukuokka: "I chose a building that pleased me intuitively and corresponds to my aims and values. Visiting the home of one resident, its coziness and outstanding acoustics confirmed this for me. Puukuokka is a building where I enjoyed myself with all my senses."
The 8-storey Puukuokka is constructed with modular CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) elements produced by Stora Enso Wood Products Hartola unit. The building includes 58 apartments that provide a pleasant living environment utilising renewable building materials.
"Wood is the building material of the future for sustainable living," Jari Suominen concludes.
The Finlandia Prize for Architecture was established in 2011 by SAFA, the Finnish Association of Architects. The Finlandia Prize for Architecture is awarded to a design or renovation design for an outstanding new building or building complex that has been completed within the past three years. The Prize promotes the appreciation of high-quality architecture and highlights the importance of architecture in producing cultural value and increasing well-being.