UPM Plywood is involved in innovative projects to explore the properties and applications of materials together with universities. Of the two Aalto University collaborative projects, the outdoor art piece Quantum Moss represents a slightly unusual collaboration due to its scientific-artistic origins, while the 20x4 Twist project exploits and explores the properties of plywood in an atypical structure.
The 20x4 Twist exhibition and research was inspired by an interdisciplinary course for architecture students and designers to design structures that would achieve lightness, adaptability, re-assemblability and demountability, inspired by the quest for zero emissions in construction. The above themes were explored in the course's final exhibition Zero Gravity in 2019.
Later, some students from the Department of Architecture started to explore the relationship between flexible plywood, architectural geometry, structural behaviour and aesthetics.
"We were contacted and thought that our products, material knowledge and calculation skills could be useful for further research," says Simo Koponen, Senior Researcher in Product and Material Development at UPM Plywood.