Metsa Wood launches competition to rethink urban blocks in wood

THE CITY ABOVE THE CITY competition. Photo: Metsa Wood.

Metsa Wood has challenged architects and students of architecture from around the world to push the boundaries of modern wood building design in the urban environment.

THE CITY ABOVE THE CITY competition asks participants to select a centrally-located building in one of the world’s most populated cities and develop an innovative wood design solution that adds density through additional floor area. Known buildings, especially buildings under threat of demolition are encouraged as sites for revitalisation, new development and innovation.

By 2050, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities. Urban planners must develop strategically to meet these immense housing demands. However the proposed solutions to this problem often show little regard for the cities’ existing framework, choosing instead to replace the old with new, at great environmental, social, and cultural cost.

The competition aims to show how engineered wood allows designers to meet this challenge by building taller structures that are much lighter than alternative materials such as steel and concrete, while still meeting strict criteria for fire and seismic concerns.

All entries are evaluated by a panel of experience jury: Michael Green of Michael Green Architecture; Mike Kane, senior lecturer at London South Bank University in architecture, and a director of KMK Architects; and Stefan Winter, professor at the Chair of Timber Construction and Structural at the Technical University of Munich.


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