Tranquil rest stop in Finland uses cross-laminated and glue-laminated timber

Photo by Marc Goodwin

The highway E75 in central Finland welcomes a new rest stop completed by Studio Puisto.

The service station is situated next to a large pond bordering Lake Kolima where it has unobstructed views of the water. The main building, built by Studio Puisto, acts as a buffer between traffic and nature and comprises of 24 tree-like columns that evoke the feeling of being in a forest. Placed on an 8 x 8m grid, the columns support a huge canopy that curves upwards towards the road, and shelters both the petrol station’s refueling area and the pedestrian zone around the building.

 The columns support a huge canopy that curves upwards towards the road. Photo by Marc Goodwin

The columns are made from locally sourced glue-laminated timber while the internal walls are made from cross-laminated timber, which further established a serene and calm environment. Up on the second floor, sits 10 hotel rooms and a sauna to help drivers to relax after a long drive.

The external columns are made from locally sourced glue-laminated timber. Photo by Marc Goodwin

The internal columns are made from cross-laminated timber, which further established a serene and calm environment. Photo by Marc Goodwin

Photo by Marc Goodwin

Adjacent to the service station, is a camp ground where it’ll be used during the summer months; it has five cabins, a service building and 42 camping spots. Built in stealthy black, the site’s architecture reflects the region’s vernacular building.

Photo by Marc Goodwin

This is not your typical rest stop, said Studio Puisto. “It offers a retreat from traffic and a peaceful environment to enjoy the surroundings, local food and a good night sleep. All of this is achieved through structural wooden architecture that is innovative, out of the ordinary and sustainable.”

Source: Design Boom