The building of Haltia signals a new era in wood construction and the presentation of nature destinations. Not only Haltia’s activities but also the building itself offers visitors an authentic nature experience.
The building's wood frame was erected in February 2012. The walls, roof and floors will be built from cross-laminated timber boards prefabricated in Austria. Insulation for the panels will be added in Pälkäne, Finland, from where they will be brought to Nuuksio.
Both the supporting structures and cladding of Haltia will be made from wood.
Haltia’s cornerstone was laid on 4 November 2011 by representatives of the leaders of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area: Mayor of the City of Espoo Jukka Mäkelä, Deputy Mayor of the City of Vantaa Martti Lipponen, and Deputy Chair of the Helsinki City Council and Member of Parliament Rakel Hiltunen. Other dignitaries invited to attend the event included representatives of the municipalities of Kirkkonummi, Kauniainen and Vihti as well as the designer of the building, Professor Rainer Mahlamäki of Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects Ltd, in addition to representatives from YIT, Pöyry, World Design Capital Helsinki 2012, Solvalla Nedre, and Metsähallitus.
A cylinder containing the Haltia charter, conceptual drawings and masterplans of the building, a copy of the Helsingin Sanomat newspaper from the day of the event, some current coins, a map of state-owned lands, and a National Parks banner was inserted into the cornerstone. The final words of the charter relate the principal purpose of Haltia: the duty of the centre is to inspire visitors, with children and young people in particular, to love nature.
Stones from five National Parks located in the different corners of Finland were also inserted in the cylinder: from Lapland, the Kvarken Archipelago, Koli, Tammisaari and Helvetinjärvi. The stones are a reminder of the fact that Haltia represents all 39 of Finland’s National Parks.
The construction work on the steeply sloping lot next to the Solvalla sports institute started in the autumn of 2011.
Main contractor: YIT
Building technical solutions: YIT Kiinteistötekniikka Oy
Development and inspection duties: Pöyry CM
Wood structure solutions: Stora Enso
Electrical engineering: Insinööritoimisto Stacon Oy
Heating, plumbing and air-conditioning: Projectus Team Oy
Structural design: Insinööritoimisto Tanskanen Oy
Fire safety consulting: L2 Fire Safety Ltd
Wood element prefabrication contractor: Eridomic Oy
Groundwork contractor: Top Building Oy
Reinforced concrete elements: Lujabetoni Oy
The non-profit company Nuuksiokeskus Oy was established in 2008 for the purpose of building Haltia. The partners in the company include Metsähallitus, the City of Espoo and Solvalla Nedre Oy. The building was designed by Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Architects Ltd.