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Blackbird / Onix Architects

  • Architects: Onix Architects
  • Location: 5831 Boxmeer, Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge: Haiko Meijer
  • Area: 1200.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Maarten Laupman

© Maarten Laupman © Maarten Laupman © Maarten Laupman © Maarten Laupman

Dongtan House / JYA-RCHITECTS

  • Architects: JYA-RCHITECTS
  • Location: 174 Bansong-dong, Hwaseong-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
  • Area: 246.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Hwang hyochel

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Gerrit Rietveld College / atelier PRO

  • Architects: atelier PRO
  • Location: Eykmanlaan 1200, 3571 KH Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Project Leader: Eelko Bemener
  • Project Architect: Dorte Kristensen, Lisette Plouvier, Evelien van Beek
  • Project Collaborators: Allard de Goeij, André van Veen, Constanze Knüpling
  • Area: 9860.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: John Lewis Marshall

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Solid Wood: The Rise of Mass Timber Architecture

Largely overlooked in the development of Modernism, timber architecture is making a comeback in the 21st century with the success of designers such as last year's Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban, and the push toward timber towers from large influential firms such as SOM. In the following extract, author Joseph Mayo introduces his new book, "Solid Wood: Case Studies in Mass Timber Architecture, Technology and Design," which examines the rise of mass timber design through historical analysis and contemporary case studies.

Few books have addressed the use of wood in large, non-residential buildings. While light frame construction and residential resources are common, little has been written about the use of wood in taller, urban, commercial and institutional buildings. Solid Wood presents a survey of new timber architecture around the world to reveal this construction type’s unique appeal and potential. Not surprisingly, enthusiasm for solid wood architecture (also known as mass timber architecture) and engineering is now growing rapidly among a new generation of architects and designers.

Beatrix College Tilburg / Architecten|en|en

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172M2 compact House / JMY architects

  • Architects: JMY architects
  • Location: Seongdong-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea
  • Project Architect: Jaemin Yoon
  • Area: 133.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Joonhwan Yoon

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Wood Design & Building Magazine Announces Winners of its 2014 Wood Awards

Wood Design and Building Magazine has announced the winners of its 2014 Wood Awards. Run in partnership with the Canadian Wood Council, this year the awards included for the first time an international awards category in addition to the North America awards. With 166 submissions, the 24 awarded projects were selected by a jury consisting of Larry McFarland (Principle, McFarland Marceau Architects), Brigitte Shim (Principle, Shim-Sutcliffe Architects) and Keith Boswell (Technical Partner, SOM).

"The Wood Design Awards showcases exceptional wood buildings that not only display the unique qualities of wood, but also serve to inspire other designers who may not initially think of wood as the material of choice," said Theresa Rogers, Editor of Wood Design & Building magazine. "The calibre of projects submitted displayed a mature sense of design that either paid homage to older building techniques or completely reinvented the conventional way of thinking about building envelope and design," added Etienne Lalonde, the Canadian Wood Council's Vice-President of Market Development.

See the full awards list after the break.

Timber Dentistry (Mino Osaka, Japan) / Kohki Hiranuma Architect & Associates. Image © Satoshi Shigeta Refuge on the Bay of Fundy (Red Bank Farm, Hants County, NS) / Dalhousie School of Architecture Free Lab Students, led by Talbot Sweetapple. Image © William Green Wood Innovation Design Centre (Prince George, BC) / Michael Green Architecture. Image © Ema Peter Vineyard Schmidt at the Lake of Constance (Hattnau 62, Germany) / Ludescher + Lutz | Architekten. Image © Elmar Ludescher

Afsharian's House / ReNa Design

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Room On The Roof / i29 interior architects

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2015 Wood Design Award Winners Announced

The 2015 winners of the Wood Design Awards have been announced at the Bay Area Wood Solutions Fair in Oakland, California. Presented by WoodWorks, an initiative of the Wood Products Council, the awards seek to "recognize extraordinary buildings that exemplify not only wood's beauty, but the versatility and structural performance attributes that make it such an interesting material to architects and engineers."

The Wood Design Awards celebrate excellence in nine categories at both regional and national levels. See the winning designs for 2015 after the break.

Mojave Rivers Ranger Station / Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects + Gregory P. Luth & Associates  © John Edward Linden Photography   Stapleton Library /  Andrew Berman Architect + Gilsanz  © Naho Kubota Reveley Classroom Building / Patano Studio Architecture, LLC + DCI Engineers © Sozinho Imagery Venture Capital Office / Paul Murdoch Architects + Simpson Gumpertz & Heger © Eric Staudenmaeir Photography

A House for Nature and People / YLAB

  • Architects: YLAB
  • Location: Nampo-dong, Jung-gu, Busan, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge: Jinok Yang
  • Area: 429.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Trapkay_Junghoon Kim

© Trapkay_Junghoon Kim © Trapkay_Junghoon Kim © Trapkay_Junghoon Kim © Trapkay_Junghoon Kim

The Happiness Foundation / THE_SYSTEM LAB

  • Architects: THE_SYSTEM LAB
  • Location: 60 Jangmun-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Design: Chanjoong Kim
  • Design Team: Sanghyun Park,Younghwa Kim, Jinman Chol, Byungsik Lim
  • Structure: RC
  • Area: 1242.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Yongkwan Kim

© Yongkwan Kim © Yongkwan Kim © Yongkwan Kim © Yongkwan Kim

Villa SR / Reitsema and Partners Architects

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Floating Office for Waternet / Attika Architekten

  • Architects: Attika Architekten
  • Location: Noord 4, Papaverweg 54, 1032 KJ Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Area: 875.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Martine Berendsen, Bart van Hoek, and Attika Architekten

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WoodTek HQ / Origin

  • Architects: Origin
  • Location: Fuyu Road, Xitun District, Taichung City, Taiwan 407
  • Assembled Consultant: Logworks - www.logworks.ca
  • Area: 600.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Figure x Lee Kuo-Min Studio

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House in Sang-an / studio GAON

  • Architects: studio GAON
  • Location: Anheung-myeon, Hoengseong-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea
  • Architect in Charge: Hyoungnam Lim, Eunjoo Roh in studio_GAON
  • Design Team: Minjung Choi, Sangwoo Yi, Seongwon Son, Sungpil Lee, Hanmoe Lee, Joowon Moon
  • Area: 55.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Hyosook Chin

© Hyosook Chin © Hyosook Chin © Hyosook Chin © Hyosook Chin

Red Dot Hotel / Steven Wu+Wang Pe-Jen

  • Architects: Steven Wu+Wang Pe-Jen
  • Location: Taichung City, Taiwan
  • Interior Design Team: Steven Wu; Michael Hsu; Lin Yu-hsuan
  • Site Area: 600 sqm
  • Area: 360.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Andrew Chang / Double Hong

© Andrew Chang / Double Hong © Andrew Chang / Double Hong © Andrew Chang / Double Hong © Andrew Chang / Double Hong

Taipei Flora Expo Pavilions / Bio-architecture Formosana

  • Architects: Bio-architecture Formosana
  • Location: Xinsheng Park, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan 104
  • Area: 6185.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Bio-architecture Formosana

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