Miika Ullakko has captured the whole Wood Program year in this video.
Wood Program proudly presents: the story of Koe sauna.
Last week thursday was marked with the roof toping lunch with its traditional pea soup, celebrating the completion of the sauna. The two last panels (the so called “chicken wings”) were put in place and we finished the manufacture of the different elements of the sauna room interior including benches, foot rests and door. A good opportunity to discuss about the Wood Program experience with students and teachers.
The Wood Program has been a rich and great experience for all and we are now looking forward to see Koe sauna in its final location and experience the first löyly.
To be continued…
The roof was installed yesterday. It was put into place in three elements, and fortunately the puzzle matched well.
No, the whole sauna is not hanging from the crane hook. The middle element of the roof is being attached.
We also finished the sauna room floor. The stove is not going to be there before the sauna is permanently located.
Today is the final day of the sauna construction. The back wings need to be lifted into place and sauna room interior including the benches, the footrest and the railing, needs to finished today.
The Koe sauna’s symmetry was restored yesterday when the second top wing was lifted into place.
The final parts of the skin, the roof and the back wings will be lifted into place today. The floor of the sauna room will be finished and hopefully even the benches can be installed during the day.
The roof of the sauna room and the so called top wing, the upper wall element of the sauna skin structure, were lifted into place with a crane yesterday.
The core roof had to be installed before the wings to complete the sauna heat room. The sauna room will be ready for “löyly” when we’ve build a floor, installed a door and a stove, “kiuas”.
Placing the top wing into its right place was a tricky process. The wall element weighs about half a tonne.
After locking in the top wing into position with a tongue and groove system, it was attached along the long joint with metal straps to strengthen the corner.
The sauna room walls and the terrace stairs were installed yesterday.
The front wall was the last to go up yesterday.
Installing the second side wall.
The terrace steps are made out of glulam beams as stepping surfaces that are carried by sawn timber beams.
The side walls are now up and the terrace beams are in place. Attaching the side wings to the back wall was a time consuming process that demanded the whole manpower of the Wood Program.
The sauna is first going to be assembled at the yard of Aalto University Paja building before being moved to the site. The assembly started today with temporary foundations and the back wall.
The sauna is designed for a much more inclined plane than the Paja yard so we’ve had to lift up the back of the building high from the ground.
The hatches in the back wall are already in place.
The sauna is supported by metal anchors that are attached to LVL blocks.
The four biggest wall elements of the so called wings are now ready.
The top wings are very heavy and to move them out from the work shop we needed the whole group. The element were transported on top of tables.
We have also started the construction of the sauna room walls. The back wall is ready and waiting for the hatches. The front wall is under construction.
We will start the assembly of the sauna the coming days.
Construction has finally started and we are now going in the right direction. This week-end began the construction of the bottom wings of the skin with the inner frame and the interior cladding. The first angled cuts were made.
The next 2 weeks will be pretty intensive. A lot of work needs to be done. The skin is expected to be finished in one week. In the meantime as soon as the glulam will be delivered, another team will start making the grooves for the different beams composing the core. The terrace, stove, benches, railing, door and foundations will then follow.