Haltia is the new Nature Centre in Finland, close to Helsinki. It is the first public building in Finland built entirely of wood. It is a sustainable building that uses the latest ecological solutions. For example it is heated and cooled with energy derived from the sun and the earth.
The Haltia building is designed by the architect Rainer Mahlamäki, who was inspired by the tales of Kalevala, the Finnish national epic. The aim of the design is enabling man and nature to come together peacefully and harmoniously.
The exterior surface of the building is made of silica-impregnated pine, that is not environmentally harmful. The colouring of the building is also harmoniously in tune with the surrounding pine forest.
The initial inspiration for the Haltia building and its design came from a poem in Kalevala, the Finnish national epic, on the creation of the world. Kalevala is the most important epic story in the Finnish cultural history. There is more explanation about the wood mastering techniques and the design story and process on the website.