The City Above the City – Architects’ competition

Submission: September 30, 2016
Registration: September 30, 2016
Language: English
Location: Preferred cities London, Berlin, Paris, Washington, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Istanbul and Shanghai
Prizes: 1st Prize: €10000,  x2 2nd Prize: €5000, x5 3rd Prize: €2000
Type: Open


The City Above the City international wood design competition invites architects and students from all over the world to solve the challenges of urbanisation in both sustainable and humane ways.

Metsä Wood invites participants to submit their work for the City Above the City design competition by September 30th 2016. The prizes of the competition include one grand prize of 10,000 €, two second prizes of 5,000 € and five third prizes of 2,000 €. The top 10 entries will be published.

The world’s increasing urbanization is one of the most significant issues facing humanity today. By 2050, 2/3 of the world’s population will live in cities. Consequently, urban growth is fast outpacing the ability to build affordable and sustainable living space. “We need to start building up, and stop tearing down. We have an alternative. A building extension constructed with a timber frame can be a fast, sustainable and inexpensive solution, “says Michael Green of Vancouver-based Michael Green Architects.

Research shows that approximately 1/4th of existing buildings are strong enough to carry additional floors made of wood. Moreover, it is the only material light enough to build quickly on to existing structures. This makes wood a highly promising building material for providing living space for billions of people – while also preserving the architectural heritage of our cities.

The entrants are encouraged 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 floors. Building additional floors with Kerto® LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber) as the primary material is a central requirement for the design work. Preferred cities include London, Berlin, Paris, Washington, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Istanbul, Washington and Shanghai.

The competition will be judged by an international jury with extensive in-depth expertise in wood structure architecture and sustainable design.

Competition website: planb.metsawood.com
Contact: competition2016@metsagroup.com

Metsä Wood provides competitive and environmentally friendly wood products for construction, industrial customers and distributor partners. We manufacture products from Nordic wood, a sustainable raw material of premium quality. Our sales in 2015 were EUR 0.9 billion, and we employ about 2,000 people. Metsä Wood is part of Metsä Group.

Go to the competition’s website