Student-built shelter opens to the public

Our third year architecture students at the University of Westminster have designed and built a timber “laavu” or shelter in the Punkaharju forests of eastern Finland. The structure was built without the use of power tools from locally sawn Red Pine. The building was opened to the public on the 9th May and is located just off a popular hiking and skiing path in the forest.

It is in the grounds of the Lusto Forestry Museum and becomes one of their collection of timber structures and artefacts recording the last 100 years of forestry in Finland. The workshop was commissioned by the Finnish Institute in London. It is part of the Mobile Home 2017 project, a collaborative project between the Finnish Institute’s in Paris, Berlin and Benelux Countries. It is part of the Finland 100 programme celebrating the centenary of Finland’s independence in 2017. The building was opened to the public on 9th May.

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