Finlands first CLT school

Type: Public  - educational

Location: Kuhmo, Finland

Year: Completion 2017

Size: 5500 br-m2

Client: Kuhmo Municipality

Collaboration with Martti Karsikas




New school in Kuhmo is divided into three parts giving a feeling of safe scale and village-like communal spatial experience. By dividing the program into three parts gives an opportunity to create an intermediate scale between nearby existing historical buildings (acting as a museum) and the city.

In the middle of these wooden blocks we have inserted light shafts that accentuate the central space and circulation between classrooms.

Structure is made of cross-laminated timber (CLT) and will be a spearhead in developing wooden educational buildings in Finland and the Nordic environment. BIM was utilized in all design phases.

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