WoodWorks, an initiative of the Wood Products Council, has announced the winners of the contest “Wood Design Awards” which every year rewards the architectural excellence of the wood allover the world. A challenge among the best designers of the moment with strokes of pen and paper, but not only, this time they are allowed to use other weapons: planer, saw, drill, etc … Among the winners could not miss the Japanese archistar ShigeruBan: great interpreter and passionate about this wonderful material.
There were 7 award categories:
Multi-Story Wood Design
Wood in Educational Buildings
Commercial Wood Design
Institutional Wood Design
Green Building with Wood
Beauty of Wood
Wood in Governement Buildings
The competition has shown what it is possible to do with timber turning it into an “limit-less material” and a special mention goes to the China Pavilion of Expo 2015 winner in the category “Beauty of Wood”. We can say that in this issue there is also a bit of Italy! The construction systems used are the most diverse and only the wise combination between them has resulted in exceptional results: Crosslam (CLT or Xlam), platform frame, glulam, massive, timber-steel composite structures, etc …
Below is a gallery of the projects awarded in the various categories:
Multi-Story Wood Design: The Radiator; Portland, OR / PATH Architecture
Commercial Wood Design: Framework; Portland, OR / Works Partnership Architecture
Wood in Government Buildings: Chicago Horizon; Chicago, IL / Ultramoderne
Institutional Wood Design:Fire Station 76; Gresham, OR / Hennebery Eddy Architects
Wood in Education Buildings: Our Lady of Montserrat Chapel; Seattle, WA / Hennebery Eddy Architects
Beauty of Wood—Innovation:China Pavilion Milan Expo 2015; Milan, Italy / Studio Link-Arc, LLC
Beauty of Wood—Craft: Whitetail Woods Regional Park Camper Cabins; Empire Township, MN / HGA Architects and Engineers
Green Building by Nature:Nest We Grow; Taiki-cho, Hiro-gun, Hokkaido, Japan / University of California, Berkely, College of Environmental Design.
Green Building by Design: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon; Bend, OR / Hacker
Regional Excellence Winners
The Brooklyn Riverside; Jacksonville, FL / Dwell Design Studio
Cottonwood Valley Charter School E-Pod; Socorro, NM / Environmental Dynamics, Inc.
Olney Branch, Montgomery County Public Libraries; Olney, MD / The Lukmire Partnership, Inc.
Office > Entropy; New York, NY / Taylor and Miller Architecture and Design
Aspen Art Museum; Aspen, CO / Shigeru Ban Architects
Scott Family Amazeum; Bentonville, AR / Haizlip Studio, PLLC
Terry Trueblood Boathouse; Iowa City, IA / ASK Studio