Open Source Wood EASA challenge

​Open Source Wood Challenge for EASA 2020

Open Source Wood is an open collaboration and knowledge sharing platform for modular wood construction. Metsä Wood challenges all EASA community members to create a design using the elements and modules available at 

To learn more about EASA (European Architecture Students Assembly) 2020 visit

The Brief

The challenge is to design a modular multi-storey house concept.

Building can be e.g.

  • a residential house,
  • an assisted living facility,
  • a school building,
  • a hotel or
  • an office

in an urban environment using the elements found at The building should be suitable for offsite construction, i.e. modules or building components are light and easily transferable to the construction site.  

The use and purpose of the building should respond to the challenges of urbanization and increasing densification of city structures. The main question is, "How can modular wood construction be utilized in a developing urban environment in the most efficient and environmentally friendly way of using Open Source Wood elements. The main material of the building should be wood, and specifically Metsä Wood's Kerto LVL. However hybrid solutions – combining wood with other materials like steel and concrete – are welcome.

Supporting material for the challenge: 

European LVL Handbook

Timber Academy - Online courses of Kerto LVL and other wood products


The winner(s) will be awarded a total of  €3000.

In addition, Metsä Wood also continuously rewards the best ideas
shared at, and all the entries of this challenge are eligible.

The jury reserves the right to change the allocation of the price within the total sum according to the amount and quality of the entries.

The recipient of the reward undertakes the responsibility for all taxes and public charges payable on the reward. The reward may be subject to regulatory withholdings and deductions.


Competition entries are returned through the "Share Idea" form found at To be eligible for the competition, the submission form must be marked with "EASA2020" in the Keyword field and returned by 26 August 2020 at the latest. All participants must have registered and created a profile at with a profile picture and sufficient personal information. In case of a team entry, all members must have an account and the names of all the team members must be listed in the description field of the entry.

The entry must contain at least one of the elements available at and have major structural components of Kerto® LVL (laminated veneer lumber). The design should be documented with the formats supported by the form (listed below) in such a way that it demonstrates the use of the Open Source Wood elements. The design can be presented with the following information (obligatory fields are marked with*)

  • Design title*
  • Design description*
  • Key benefit*
  • Ecological values*
  • Profile picture for the design*
  • Main structure design document (PDF)*
  • Other images (JPG, PNG)*
  • Detailed drawings (DWG)
  • Attachments
  • Links (video, website etc.)
  • CAD / BIM- models

Winners will be chosen by a jury consisting of Open Source Wood's technical experts. Their evaluation will be based on practicality, viability, innovativeness and the efficient use of wood.

All designs shared on are freely available to anyone. The designs are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC BY 4.0). Licenses provide a standard way for content creators to grant someone else permission to use their work.