For architects

A professional fire safety designer will make the project run smoothly. Issues related to fire safety should be discussed at the very beginning of the project, since often already the first meeting will guide the fire engineering solutions to the right path. The appointment of a fire safety designer to the design team shifts some of the responsibilities from the architect to the special designer and frees up the architect’s time for creative design. 

The special expertise of a fire safety designer is helpful when making decisions about alternative design solutions such as frame and facade materials.

A professional fire safety designer is able to present innovative fire engineering solutions. Performance-based fire safety design allows flexible spaces to be modified as needed and creates architectural solutions that would not necessarily be possible with traditional fire safety design based on the use of tables. These include atrium spaces, large lobbies, extensive facade windows and vegetation covering the facades, glass roofs and covered courtyard gardens.

In terms of wood construction, we have been strongly involved in developing regulations and guidelines. We also take into account the carbon footprint of the building. We have also participated in numerous architectural competitions. Sometimes we have worked in competing groups, at times we have supported the whole competition as we did in the international design competition for the wooden business premises for Katajanokka in the spring of 2020.

Six architectural firms from Finland, the Nordic countries and Japan participated in this invitation-only competition. The aim of the competition was a new flagship of wooden architecture, Katajanokan laituri, which will house Stora Enso ‘s headquarters and hotel in the future. The facilities are scheduled for completion in 2023.

Our services for architects

Our main services for architects include:

  • training in new regulations and other changes in construction sector
  • application and interpretation of regulations and guidelines
  • fire safety design with smoke clearance and fire block plans