Cafe and Exhibition Space in Paenu, Estonia



The project name M3 stems from 3 main modular elements that make up the building structure. It is a pilot project proposal in Paenu, Estonia, in line with Metsaewood birch plywood mill in the city. The 3 main modular elements are M1, M2, & M3, with M1 having a trapezoidal shape, M2 rectangular shape and M3 having a rectangular form inclined at 45 degrees, hence cantilevered. The combination of these 3 modules form the design structure having a total surface area of 70 m2. The modular elements are sized to accomodate easy transportation. The construction is simple, easy and quick. The project with a compact configuration comprises of a Cafe on the Ground Floor and an Exhibition Space on the Upper Floor. The Cafe provides space where visitors can have a little break from the hustle and bustle of work and city life. The design of the Cafe with its retractable folding doors provides a welcoming ambience especially during the summer periods. The Exhibition Space displays different types of wood samples and literature to inform the public on the importance of wood as a construction material.

Key benefit

A platform to exhibite wood and modular construction systems as a building alternative that tackles climate change

Material list

Roof Element from the top
- Roofing material, - Breathing membrane
- Kerto-Q LVL Panels, - Finnjoist FJI, - Thermal insulation mineral wool based on U value, - Vapour barrier, - Fermacell plasterboards.

Wall Elements from out - Thickness = 34.55 cm
Rw= 49 dB
- Kerto-Q closure, - Leno, - Thermal insulation mineral wool, - Finnjoist FJI, - Kerto-Q closure panel, - F30-B Fire rated plasterboard. - U value 0.17 W/m2K, -

Floor elements from top
- Fermacell floor screed, - Mineral Fibre impact sound insulation, - Fermacell Lime Splitter Floor Screed, - Keto-Ripa Intermediate Floor Elements, - Spring rail, - Fermacell plasterboards
- Rw(dB) for Airborne Sound (FJI Depth) = 79dB
- Ln, w for Impact Sound 38 dB

Ecological values

- Building with wood is energy efficient - It has an exceptionally high thermal insulation value that saves energy - It provides an enormous design and architectural flexibility in floors and facade - It's cheaper and the prefabrication process reduces construction time.



  • Economical span (mm)
  • Thickness (mm)
  • Airbourne sound reduction factor (dB)
  • Impact sound transmission (dB) 38
  • Resistance to fire class
  • Thermal properties 10 R 0.1 U




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