Touhula School and daycare centre
Inner freshness helps to learn
Finland’s largest log-constructed kindergarten was constructed by Honka in 2012 and enlargened by Honka in 2016. The building covers 900 m², providing day care and pre-primary education facilities.
Honkarakenne handed over Finland's largest log day care centre to the Touhula Day-Care Centres in 2012. The day care centre has been expanded since then, in order to accommodate the first, second and third grades of a comprehensive school in the same building.
In service construction, you often need to ensure that the building can serve very different users at different stages of its lifecycle. As a breathing, natural material that will last for centuries, log is an excellent choice of construction material for just this purpose. Modern technology allows almost limitless modifications and extensions, lengthening the buildings' lifecycle even further.
The day care centre extension is built using massive wood. As a naturally breathing material, this improves indoor air quality and is particularly suitable for vulnerable user groups such as children.
Clean and fresh indoor air is an important quality criterion for Touhula. As a physical education-oriented day care centre, we also encourage physical activity indoors. All of our users, from adults to children, have been satisfied with the current log building. This is a healthy, high-quality building that has attracted admirers even from abroad.
The excellent characteristics of massive wood have also convinced the building maintenance provider, who regards the day care centre, now in its fifth year of operation, as being highly energy efficient.
The heating costs of the log-built Touhula are very reasonable compared to those of other, non-log day care centres. Despite being built from logs placed on top of one another, without any additional insulation or plastics, the building has been tightly constructed. Massive wood provides warmth in the winter and is pleasantly cool in the summer.
Building type: school and daycare center
- Floor area: 533 m²
- Building year: 2012 and extension 2016
- Log type: Square log. 204 mm
- Location: Kuopio. Finland