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Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2006

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Talo Kekkapaa

Designing an office cum residential unit, Finish firm POOK Architects' Office Ltd skillfully crafts the humble plywood into spaces that respond to the quiet and the magnificence of the Nordic forest.

By: POOK Architects' Office

Architecture-Page | Talo Kekkapaa (Wood in Rock) by POOK Architects' Office Ltd
Interior view of the office space that overlooks the forest.

The front side, on the other hand, is more active with a variety of trees and thus provides for the entrance way and children's play area. The segregated working facilities orient towards the quiet of the surrounding forest. However, the many functions and people are brought together in the contacting zone that serves for social activities such as dining and negotiation.

Architecture-Page | Talo Kekkapaa (Wood in Rock) by POOK Architects' Office Ltd
The wooden building partially inserts itself into the rock bed.

The architects wanted to keep the building envelope hygroscopic and homogenous whilst providing for a flexible plan, relating hence more to the wooden hall than the typical residential unit in structural format. This generated an innovative approach of bringing together wood and rock on site wherein the wooden building is partially inserted into the rock. This solution enables an ease of maintenance of technical installations crucial to sustainable structures. Further, inclined structural screwing was employed in the wooden connections due to the resulting nature of the main frame.


  • Text: Courtesy of the architect
  • Photographs by Antti Hahl, Courtesy of the architect
  • Compiled and edited by Mitesh Saraf

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