Hi-Tech Entrance of Millennium Pavilion

The first technological marvel greeting visitors to the Millennium Pavilion is the entrance itself. Constructed of Finnish wood, its design was made possible only by latest technology.

KierreBased on a proposal by Sylvia de Angelis, the entrance is called Kierre, Finnish for ’twist’. The organically twisting plywood frame would be an insurmountable challenge even for the most accomplished joiner. The structure consists of 120 individually shaped components that were first conceived of as a 3D model. The ‘joiner’ was a CNC router, which cut the components into the precise shapes determined in the model.

The entrance was designed and built by students of the Wood Program at the Department of Architecture at Aalto University. Finnish expertise is wood construction attracts students from all over the world to participate in the one-year program that introduces them to the properties of the ecological material and to modern wood architecture.

“We had 15 students from 10 different countries in this year’s program,” says Professor Pekka Heikkinen.

Visit the Kierre Entrance blog for information about the making of the magnificent entrance.


Text and smaller photo by Petja Partanen

Bigger photo by Markku Lempinen