Zaha Hadid Architects joins Open Source Wood

Pioneering open innovation project aimed at facilitating knowledge sharing and growth in modular wood construction


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London Aquatics Center by Zaha Hadid Architects. Photograph by Hufton+Crow


Metsä Wood is pleased to announce that London based Zaha Hadid Architects has joined the Open Source Wood initiative – the pioneering open innovation project aimed at facilitating knowledge sharing and growth in modular wood construction.

The collaboration kicks off in the early part of 2018 and includes a design proposal for a multi-story residential structure using wood elements from the Open Source Wood web library as the primary building material.

“We’ve been engaged in our own research projects on prefabrication and modularity in building design and specifically around the use of timber. We believe in a collective, multi-disciplinary approach to problem-solving and welcome the collaborative possibilities of the Open Source Wood initiative.” says Henry Louth of Zaha Hadid Architects.

Open Source Wood is a continuation of Metsä Wood’s project Plan B, launched in 2015 as an ambitious blueprint to explore the possibilities of using wood in urban construction. Since its inception in June of 2017 Open Source Wood has attracted the attention of professionals and media around the globe.

‘We’re excited to have a world renowned architectural firm such as Zaha Hadid architects participating in Open Source Wood. They bring unprecedented design excellence and knowledge to the project and we value the inspired point of view they bring regarding the possibilities of modular wood construction. We look forward to the outcome of their design work.” says Mikko Saavalainen, SVP Business Development Metsä Wood.

Learn more about Open Source Wood and how you can participate:


About Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has redefined architecture for the 21st century with a repertoire of projects that have captured imaginations across the globe. Receiving the highest honours from civic, professional and academic institutions worldwide, ZHA is one of the world’s most consistently inventive architectural studios—collaborating with visionary clients, communities and industry experts to deliver transformational projects on six continents.

About Metsä Wood

Metsä Wood provides competitive and environmentally friendly wood products for construction, industrial customers and distributor partners. We manufacture products from northern wood, a sustainable raw material of premium quality. Our sales in 2017 were EUR 0.5 billion, and we employ about 1,400 people. Metsä Wood is part of Metsä Group.



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