Building with misfit wood

Revealing the potential of underutilised material. See this and other fascinating projects on display in the Designs for a Cooler Planet main exhibition in Marsio on 6 Sept – 3 Oct 2024.
Whole oak sawed by Jaakko Torvinen to create custom joinery.
Jaakko Torvinen experiments with different techniques to showcase the full potential of whole wood.

Built environments today rely on standardised materials, shapes and structures. While providing ease of use and production, uniform aesthetics leave little room for imperfection and irregularity.

Misfit challenges the current norms and standards through exploring the potential of whole wood – organically shaped wood that deviates from the industry standards, currently either burned, left to forest or processed into cellulose. Could we use wood more sustainably if we also learn to see the potential of whole wood?

The structure has been created by sawing one oak tree into four sections and turning it inside out to create a spatial structure. This experiments with traditional carpentry using robotic machining, which could help to utilise whole wood as mass-tailored structural elements while inviting the aesthetics of nature back into our built environments.


Designs for a Cooler Planet

This fall, the festival celebrates innovative and collaborative designs addressing the impossible sustainability challenges. Experience tomorrow in Otaniemi on 6 Sept – 3 Oct 2024!

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Wood crystals on a black fabric.
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