While exploring the Finnish capital, we came across one of the most enthusiastic locations of all HDW2012: the Paviljonki designed by the students of the Wood Program at Aalto University, a course dedicated entirely to sustainable design.
The pavilion occupies a considerable space behind the Helsinki Design Museum and is designed as an open-air pavilion able to make the most of the short warm weather that hits the city during the summer, from May to mid-September.
Just like the much larger pavilions that we usually see during the biennale and expo, the Finnish Paviljonki is a true manifesto of the country’s architectural culture, which is at the forefront of sustainable architecture and construction in wood.
A spontaneous architecture that consists of a large roof which "fills in" one of the few "gaps" in the city, while maintaining the urban fabric and giving a certain quality to the surroundings.
From the point of view of product design, the pavilion is an opportunity for Finnish students to indulge in the creation of interiors; tables and chairs are completely built by reusing and reassembling pallets of industrial use.
Under the airy roof, there are a number of services including a kitchen open throughout the day and tables where you can eat and socialize with the people around you. On the opposite corner of the kitchen there is another wooden structure that serves as a shelter for the chairs used for video projections during the events.
The main pavilion houses a series of workshops dedicated to anyone who wants to engage in the construction of real pieces of design in wood.
In short, an excellent opportunity for Finnish university students to see completed their journey with the design and construction of a real building, albeit temporarily, and for visitors to come into contact with this architectural reality.