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.