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Tall Wood Building and Self-Supported Steel Structure Win RAIC's Innovation Award

Tall Wood Building and Self-Supported Steel Structure Win RAIC's Innovation Award
Tall Wood Building and Self-Supported Steel Structure Win RAIC's Innovation Award, © Ema Peter
© Ema Peter

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has awarded two British Columbia projects with the 2015 Innovation in Architecture award for their use of wood and steel: Michael Green Architecture's Wood Innovation Design Center in Prince George has been deemed to be an exemplar for tall timber buildings, while Patkau Architects' origami-inspired One Fold research project illustrates the structural potential of folding steel sheets. A closer look at both projects, after the break. 

A three-member jury called the projects “extraordinary examples of true innovation… innovation that is significant, repeatable and applicable to the profession.”

Wood Innovation Design Center (WIDC) / Michael Green Architecture

Tall Wood Building and Self-Supported Steel Structure Win RAIC's Innovation Award, © Ema Peter
© Ema Peter

The WIDC is the first tall wood building in Canada. The eight-story building stands 29.5 meters-tall and is the tallest contemporary timber building in North America. 

"The firm argues that building with wood sourced from sustainably managed forests offers designers a rapidly renewable, low energy, and carbon-sequestering alternative to conventional building materials. Greater use of timber for large structures would significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions worldwide," stated the RAIC in a press release.

One Fold / Patkau Architects

© Patkau Architects
© Patkau Architects

An experiment aimed to push the boundaries of material strength to weight ratios, One Fold's self-supporting thin shell structure is lightweight, durable, demountable and recyclable, making it easily distributed and fabricated. It requires almost no secondary support structures.

“It is an efficient structure that embodies a minimal ecological footprint,” say the architects. “More than this, it represents an attention to material that finds beauty in structure and structure in beauty, promoting that aspiration within architecture generally.”

© Jimmy Dow
© Jimmy Dow

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Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "Tall Wood Building and Self-Supported Steel Structure Win RAIC's Innovation Award" 17 Apr 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/621048/tall-wood-building-and-self-supported-steel-structure-win-raic-s-innovation-in-architecture-award/> ISSN 0719-8884
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