Wood Design Award

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:

National Winners

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


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