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2016 awards *Western Red Cedar* Buddhist International Society Retreat, Bowen Island, BC;  James Tuer, JWT Architecture and Planning, Bowen Island, BC

2016 *Western Red Cedar* award to the Buddhist International Society Retreat, Bowen Island, BC; James Tuer, JWT Architecture and Planning, Bowen Island, BC

New wood building designs and 12th annual design awards

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You may have missed it, but yesterday in Vancouver British Columbia, the 2016 Wood Design Awards were held.  It’s all about using wood in architectural designs

In addition to the many submissions within British Columbia, there were a museum, visitor centre and a diplomatic property located outside of BC and Canada among the 103 nominations in 13 categories.

International submissions came from England, Germany, Japan, China, South Korea and Taiwan for the new International Wood Design category.

International Wood Design: Tsingtao Pearl Visitor Centre, Qingdao, China - Gerald Epp, StructureCraft Builders

International Wood Design: Tsingtao Pearl Visitor Centre, Qingdao, China – Gerald Epp, StructureCraft Builders © CNW Group/Canadian Wood Council for Wood WORKS! BC

The 12th annual awards event at the Vancouver Convention Centre (West) recognized leadership in advancing wood use in design and building while being an opportunity to publicly salute and celebrate structural and architectural achievement using wood.

Commercial wood design :Cordova Bay Physiotherapy Clinic, Saanich, BC

Commercial wood design :Cordova Bay Physiotherapy Clinic, Saanich, BC

“Advances in wood product research, design, engineering and construction practices have expanded the possibilities for wood in building and design. As we saw this evening, BC’s architects, engineers, designers and project teams continue to explore its potential and impress us with their projects,” explained Lynn Embury-Williams, executive director, Wood WORKS! BC, as quoted in a news release. “Not only are we playing an important role in sustainable development and climate change mitigation, we are also creating a contemporary built environment that celebrates our heritage. The forest industry is the foundation of our province and we’re proud to showcase our sustainably sourced wood products in our remarkable buildings to the world.”

Besides the current structures the world’s tallest wood structure is under construction.  The so-called Tall Wood Building, is a 53 metre, 18 story structure for the student residence at  the University of British Columbia’s Point Grey campus.

At 18 stories, the UBC student residence will be the tallest mass-wood building in the world when complete in 2017

At 18 stories, the UBC student residence will be the tallest mass-wood building in the world when complete in 2017 © Acton Ostry Architects

Although not entirely of wood, with a one storey concrete podium on the main floor with two vertical concrete cores to the roof. However, when completed in 2017, the 51 million dollar structure will be the tallest mass wood structure in the world.

Cabin Toronto is a new wood condo development by Curated Properties currently in preconstruction at 45 Dovercourt Road, Toronto. The development is scheduled for completion in 2017. Sales for available units start from $649,900. The development has a total of 25 units.  However, if you want to add a parking spot, tack on another $45,000.

One project expected to be constructed this summer is the Cabin by BILD member Curated Properties and architect RAW Design in Toronto’s Queen West neighbourhood. The project will features 25 of the two-storey units each with its own small yard, private rooftop garden or terrace.

One project expected to be constructed this summer is the Cabin by BILD member Curated Properties and architect RAW Design in Toronto’s Queen West neighbourhood. The project will features 25 of the two-storey units each with its own small yard, private rooftop garden or terrace.

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