Haltia Nature Centre, Finland

Haltia Nature Centre, Finland –  ready painted topcoat siding

The Finnish Nature Centre, Haltia, has bold façade siding. Topcoat exterior panels were chosen as the most cost effective option due to the shape, height and width of the building along with the fact that no paint is needed for the sidings after installation. Ready painted wood siding is excellent choice!

The Haltia Nature Centre in Nuuksio National Park, Espoo, southern Finland, is an exposition of the state of the art wooden construction. The building was designed by architects Lahdelma & Mahlamäki with the objective was to minimise the environmental impact of the building. Therefore the load-bearing structures above the basement level were created using cross-laminated timber (CLT) boards manufactured by Stora Enso and supplied by its subsidiary Eridomic.

The façades were sided using Topcoat panels from Siparila, chosen due to the demanding shape of the building, which meant that the panels could not be pre-installed at the factory. The siding was supplied to the construction site attached to wind shield boards and the façades were studded and panelled by Siparila.

Architects Lahdelma & Mahlamäki decided to use straight-edged UTS panels in the cladding, and the chosen thickness was 28 mm to ensure durability. The panel width was 108 mm. A brown paint colour was chosen to match the façade of Lusto, the Finnish Forest Museum. Several pre-fabricated test pieces were made to find the tone that matched exactly under natural light.

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