Pro Nemus visitor center
The Pro Nemus visitor center is a showroom for the Finnish forest, where wood can be prominently seen and sensed in all aspects of the building. The centerpiece is made with Metsä Wood’s Kerto® LVL, while the outside is clad in Siparila’s TOPCOAT cladding. Together, the strong features of these products offer longevity to the construction and allow for the creation of spectacular and spacious areas.
When producing this completely wooden building, the designers and project leaders sought solutions that would be suitable for industrial construction without impeding the architect. The most important criteria for an exterior finishing solution – especially for a visitor center – are durability and aesthetics, so the size, profile and surface treatment of the cladding panels were designed in close cooperation with Siparila. From an architectural point of view, it was especially important to retain a strong sense of genuine wood in the exterior coating – both up close and from a distance. The Pro Nemus visitor center was designed by Ulla Passoja of UKI Architects Ltd.
Pro Nemus represents the pinnacle of contemporary Finnish wood construction, projecting modernity through the sculpted appearance of the building’s design and its innovative material selection. The design incorporates wood into all of the building’s surfaces, with the exquisite 42 x 300 mm Siparila TOPCOAT exterior cladding contributing significantly to its overall appearance.
The entire surface of Pro Nemus has a matt appearance, making it distinct from other factory buildings. This unique surface treatment was achieved with a new, permanent paint treatment developed by Siparila; unlike conventional overlay painting, the innovate system retains the wood’s surface grain and natural tones. This offers extreme durability that extends the maintenance intervals required to keep the wood in good condition when compared with traditional translucent wood finishes. The prefinished wood cladding, made with glued wood, also has the advantage of hidden fastenings, which improves the weather resistance of the façade as piling rods that could otherwise collect water are covered.