Wood Innovation Design Centre / Michael Green Architecture

Wood Innovation Design Centre / Michael Green Architecture

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  • Structural Engineer

    Equilibrium Consulting Inc
  • Code Consultant

    B.R. Thorson Consulting Ltd
  • Contractor

    PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc
  • Mechaical / Electrical / LEED

    MMM Group Ltd
  • Fire Saferty Consultant

    CHM Fire Consultants Ltd
  • Building Envelope

    RDH Building Engineering Ltd
  • Acoustic Consultant

    Aercoustics Engineering Ltd
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© Ema Peter
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Text description provided by the architects. The Wood Innovation Design Centre (WIDC) serves as a gathering place for researchers, academics, and design professionals generating ideas for innovative uses of wood. The lower floors of the building provide facilities dedicated to education in Integrated Wood Design. Upper floors provide office space for government and wood industry-related organizations. The eight-story building stands 97 feet tall — the world’s tallest modern all-timber office building, a benchmark soon to be surpassed by other mass timber buildings.

© Ema Peter
© Ema Peter

Conceived to showcase the potential for building mid- and high-rise structures using engineered mass timber products, there is no concrete used above the ground floor slab. The design incorporates a simple, ‘dry’ structure of systems-integrated CLT floor panels, Glulam columns and beams, and mass timber walls. The building’s structural simplicity is easily replicated, a fundamental choice made in the interest of seeing many more architects, engineers, and private developers recognize the value of mass timber design as alternative to steel and concrete.


This project has set many precedents in the North American building context through the extensive engineering research and testing by the project team to prove the safety and validity of mass timber construction techniques. The basic structural concept for WIDC can be used for buildings up to 20 and 30 stories in height with little modification, as described in The Case For Tall Wood (M. Green & E. Karsh, 2012). Soon, we expect that North American building codes will soon begin to adopt Tall Wood construction as a standard, safe practice.

Courtesy of Michael Green Architecture
Courtesy of Michael Green Architecture

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Cite: "Wood Innovation Design Centre / Michael Green Architecture" 19 May 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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