Open Source Wood EASA challenge

Please notice: the deadline has been moved until August 20th!

​Open Source Wood Challenge for RE:EASA 2018 participants

Open Source Wood, a collaboration and knowledge sharing platform for modular wood construction, was launched in May this year. RE:EASA 2018 comes at a perfect time to showcase how the platform can be utilized in architects’ work. Metsä Wood challenges all EASA community members to create a design using the elements and modules available at

The Brief

The challenge is to design a modular multi-storey house in an urban environment using the reviewed elements found at The building should be suitable for off-site construction, i.e. modules or building components are light and easily transferable to the construction site. 

The use and purpose of the building can be freely selected, but they should respond to the challenges of urbanisation and increasing densification of city structures. The main question is, “How can modular wood construction be utilised in a developing urban environment in the most efficient and environmentally friendly way of using Open Source Wood elements.


The best designs will be awarded a total of €3000.

  • 1st prize €2000
  • 2nd and 3rd prizes €500 each

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 prices 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 “EASA2018” in the Keyword field and returned by August 20th, 2018 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 from the reviewed section of 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 (PDF)
  • Links (video, website etc.)

Winners will be chosen by a jury consisting of Metsä 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). Licences provide a standard way for content creators to grant someone else permission to use their work.