Finland 2011: Suomi Wood Workshop

Coordinators: Eero Lunden, Ravi Raj, Markus Wikar
Engineers: Timo Lunen, Hannu Hirsi, Lauri Salokangas
Columbia University: Phillip Anzalone, Professor, Brigette Borders, Coordinator, Charlie Able, Joseph Brennan, Therese Diede, Justin Fabrikant, Michaela Metcalfe, Victoria Monjo, Jocelyn Oppenheim, Chris Powers, Roula Salamoun, Shuning Zhao
University of Oulu: Rainer Mahlamaki, Professor, Matti Sanaksenaho, Professor, Taneli Heikkila, Taavi Henttonen, Lotta Kindberg, Sampo Ojala, Olli Parviainen, Alli Perttunen, Tuulikki Tanska, Helena Tasa

Pudelma (which combines the Finnish words for "weave" and "pavilion") is the culmination of a summer workshop that was a collaboration between the University of Oulu and GSAPP. The wooden pavilion was constructed in Turku, Finland,as part Turku’s European Capital of Culture 2011. This permanent installation combined the latest digital fabrication techniques with traditional Finnish wood craftsmanship.

The first two-week period of the workshop took place at Columbia University GSAPP where students from Finland and New York conducted design charettes for the pavilion. The focus was on digital modeling as well as preliminary design and CNC prototyping. The second period in Helsinki, Kuomo, and Turku was a two-week whirlwind of fabrication and installation.

The Kerto laminated timber was provided by Finnforest, and the fabrication was done at Woodpolis, in Kuhmo, Finland, where students wereable to use proprietary industrial software and run the industrial machinery themselves. The mortise and tenon connections interlock in a compressive two-way pendentive dome structure. The form was rationalized as a dome and subsequently modified to fit site conditions.