Varma’s wooden house in Helsinki’s Katajanokka to support carbon neutrality goals

Varma’s wooden house in Helsinki’s Katajanokka to support carbon neutrality goals

The frame of the building consists of 2,500 wooden elements, and the facades will be installed in the spring, and the construction of the interior of the building is scheduled to begin in the summer. The approximately 16,000 square meter building for rent will house, among other things, Stora Enso’s head office and the S Group hotel, as well as service providers and public spaces.

The construction of the Katajanokka Pier is guided by the principles of sustainable development and the circular economy. In connection with the demolition of the building previously located on the plot, an auction was organized with the city of Helsinki, in which the building’s usable furniture, technical equipment and building components and materials were sold for reuse, which reduces the amount of waste by 29 tons.

The building follows the principles of low-carbon construction, and the carbon footprint of the building’s life cycle is set to be as small as possible, which supports Varma’s goal of a carbon-neutral investment portfolio by 2035. The wooden structure of the impressive building stores almost 6,000 tons of carbon, which corresponds to the average annual emissions of approximately 3,500 passenger cars in Finland.

The City of Helsinki’s goal is to develop Helsinki in a way that preserves the vitality of the city center, and Katajanokka Pier will become a new jewel of wooden architecture that complements Helsinki’s breathtaking seaside silhouette. The pedestrian walkway built between the Katajanokka beach and the building enables the tenants of the ground floor to take advantage of the seaside location, the installation of terraces and other amenities.

In summary, it can be stated that the Katajanokka Pier is a sustainable construction project that will liven up the Katajanokka coastline by bringing jobs and attracting tourists while supporting the city’s ambitious climate goals. The building follows the principles of circular economy and low-carbon construction, and its completion in 2024 is a significant milestone on Helsinki’s journey towards sustainable development.


Source: The Nordic Page

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