Wood in Architecture 2016

The WAN Wood in Architecture Award is a specialist category that showcases the elegant, natural and versatile material that continues to challenge architects today. The ongoing sustainability demands currently facing architecture, ensure that wood, being one of the most versatile building materials available, remains a strong contender for a wide range of applications within today’s buildings. Renewable and durable with a highly distinctive appearance, this versatile substance continues to inspire new directions in timber design, particularly within the burgeoning prefabrication market

Recent years have seen unprecedented innovations in new technologies for advancing wood architecture, many of which will be showcased in this year’s Award. A panel of experts will be judging the entries, each of whom has been handpicked for their extensive experience and unwavering commitment to progressing design excellence within this sector. Recognition from these luminaries has been proven to enhance the profile of participating firms and significantly expand its  global profile.

Benefits of entering  

The winning and shortlisted entrants all receive dedicated press kits and their projects will be featured in a special edition of News Review which reaches over 150,000 property developers, architects, consultants and organisations in countries around the world.

The winning, shortlisted and commended entrants receive an award certificate and their project makes headline news on WAN.

Applicants will be featured permanently on the WAN AWARDS’ website and social media platforms, being seen by a large number of industry professionals. This includes Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. 

All entrants will receive a 10% discount to the WAN Business Information project lead service where you will receive the latest information on global architectural tenders, exclusively researched from a wide range of over 100 international sources: http://www.wantoday.com/tenders/

v2com newswire, a proud partner of WAN Awards 2016, will offer the winner in this category one press kit distribution gift certificate to publicise their winning project to the media through v2com, the international design and architecture newswire with a database exceeding 70,000 international journalists specializing in design, architecture and lifestyle.

 

Terms and conditions apply 

Eligibility  

The competition is open to all projects completed during the last three full calendar years, (on or after 01 January 2013)

You must be a qualified architect to enter into this award.

Submission format & guidelines  

The format for the initial submission is as follows: 

Text summary

- We advise around 500 words for your supporting text

- Mention the key challenges of the client brief and how your design addressed it 

- Please submit the summary as continuous text, written in the third person, and not as bullet points

Images

-6 images with the maximum dimensions of 1200 pixels width x 2000 pixels height, or minimum dimensions of 622 pixels width x 412 pixels height

- Image 1 will be your 'main image'.

- All images must be at least 72 dpi, in jpeg format                                                  

- You can upload your images and text using the upload form in 'Backstage'

You can view an example of how your project will appear on WAN by clicking HERE

How to enter  

Click the yellow 'Enter Now' button.

If you are already registered you will be able to click 'login' and use your existing registration code and password.

If you are registering for the first time you will need to click the 'sign up' button and complete the registration form. You will then be sent a registration code and password by email, which you can use to log in to 'Backstage'. (Please check your spam folder if you do not receive this immediately.)

Once logged in, please follow the instructions, ensuring you have selected the correct category.

Please direct any questions or problems regarding entries / registration or payment to sam.horscraft@builtenvironmentmedia.com

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Judging criteria  

The judges will use their experience in the sector to assess your project on a number of factors to get to the short list including; Originality, Innovation, Form, Function, Sustainability and Context.

The shortlisted projects will then be tested to see whether your design has:

Addressed any key challenges within the client brief

and/or

Utilised wood in an innovative or original way to enhance the finished building.

The competition stages  

A long list of around twenty five projects will initially be selected, but the total figure will depend entirely on the final amount of entries submitted by the closing date. Further details of these projects will then be requested, including plans, sections, elevations and more technical information. From the long list, a short list of six projects will be selected before an overall winner is chosen.

On occasion, a project may be ‘commended’ even if they have not made the final six short list, and this is entirely at the discretion of the jury.

Cost  

The entrance fee is £390 but an early registration price of £340 is available for entries made before November 30 2016.

Key Dates:

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Winner

  • Säie Pavilion

Shortlist

  • Crossrail Place, Canary Wharf
  • Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre
  • The Smile
  • Moholt 50|50 - Timber Towers
  • Säie Pavilion
  • Washington Fruit & Produce Company

Commended

  • Three-Familiy Home

Longlist

  • Crossrail Place, Canary Wharf
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst, Design Building
  • Steam Canoe
  • The Village Box
  • Forest House
  • House of Switzerland
  • Brand New, a shed construction kit
  • Fairmount House
  • Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre
  • The Smile
  • Lot 1 Cafe, Bar and Restaurant
  • Piedmont Residence
  • Kwakiutl Wagalus School
  • The Øvre Forsland power station
  • House in Duhanino
  • Rabot Tourist Cabin
  • Bill Fisch Forest and Stewardship Education Centre (BFFSEC)
  • Moholt 50|50 - Timber Towers
  • Three-Familiy Home
  • Säie Pavilion
  • Canada House
  • Organic Vegetables Transformation Plant
  • CFB Borden All Ranks Kitchens and dining facilities
  • Wistaston Cottage
  • Washington Fruit & Produce Company
  • Löyly
  • Lyttelton Studio Retreat
  • WRAP
  • City Hall Venlo

All entries

  • Crossrail Place, Canary Wharf
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst, Design Building
  • Sandy Hook School
  • Woody Creek Residence
  • Steam Canoe
  • The Village Box
  • Aloe Ridge
  • Ballarat Community Health Primary Care Centre
  • Forest House
  • House of Switzerland
  • Brand New, a shed construction kit
  • Fairmount House
  • Mask House
  • Tree House
  • Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre
  • The Smile
  • Lot 1 Cafe, Bar and Restaurant
  • Piedmont Residence
  • Kwakiutl Wagalus School
  • The Øvre Forsland power station
  • The Woods
  • House in Duhanino
  • Rabot Tourist Cabin
  • Bill Fisch Forest and Stewardship Education Centre (BFFSEC)
  • Moholt 50|50 - Timber Towers
  • Three-Familiy Home
  • Säie Pavilion
  • Canada House
  • Organic Vegetables Transformation Plant
  • Pomerleau Office in Lévis
  • The Mosaic Centre for Conscious Community and Commerce
  • House extension
  • CFB Borden All Ranks Kitchens and dining facilities
  • WS Development Headquarters
  • Wistaston Cottage
  • Washington Fruit & Produce Company
  • Fenwick Street House
  • Löyly
  • Lyttelton Studio Retreat
  • WRAP
  • Titus Winery
  • Lyme House
  • OCEAN DECK HOUSE
  • Going With The Wind
  • City Hall Venlo

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Winning announcements

 

WAN Colour in Architecture Award Winner 16

Säie Pavilion in Helsinki and Tuusula, Finland by Aalto University Wood Program has been announced as the winner of the WAN Wood in Architecture Award
It is with great pleasure that we champion the Aalto University Wood Program as the winners of the WAN Wood in Architecture Award 2016 for Säie Pavilion in Helsinki and Tuusula - Congratulations!
The winner was selected from six shortlisted projects which were chosen by our esteemed jury panel: James Greaves, Partner at Hopkins Architects, Professor Richard Harris, Professor of Timber Engineering at the University of Bath, Yew-Thong Leong, Associate Professor and Managing Director at Ryerson University / ssg architecture inc and Andrew Waugh, Director at Waugh Thistleton Architects.
The judges felt that all the shortlisted projects showcased the range of possibilities within the Wood in Architecture category, highlighting some fantastic examples of what’s possible in this sector. They were all in agreement that there was one clear winner on the day.
The Säie pavilion was designed and built by students of the Wood Program at Aalto University in Finland. The architecture of the pavilion makes reference to garden pavilions and gazebos as well as gothic architecture and the dense space of the forest. It uses bent and twisted wooden elements to create an intricate lattice-work of structure and a welcoming canopy for a variety of activities.
Rather than using glu-lamination, the complex geometry of the building is achieved through actively bending pine elements and fixing them together using joints of CNC-cut birch plywood.
Yew-Thong would like to see the skills and knowledge gained on this project transferred to similar programs: “While I've seen many wood forms and shapes replicating gothic arches and vaults, this is the first project that studies wood construction in such a manner. I hope that this program continues, as I can see how the knowledge gained can be transferred to other wood-like or fibrous materials such as bamboo, carbon-fibre, etc.”
The pavilion was initially built in the courtyard of the Museum of Finnish Architecture in Helsinki. The following year, the structure was moved to its permanent location in the main square of the city of Tuusula.
Andrew liked the overall look and details of the project: “I love this understanding, the kind of gothic structure and then a total re-examination and the fillet pieces. It’s just too beautiful.”
Richard commented on the engineering aspects of the Pavilion and also praised the innovation of the project: “It makes complete structural sense to do it like that, not just curvy roofs, but with flat roofs as well, pushing wood apart and using blocks, they’ve done the right thing, to set them back and use a shadow gap. What this project represents is innovation, through the use of computing, to get complexity in a computer and then fabricating it.”...

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Wood in Architecture Award WINNER: Säie Pavilion, Helsinki and Tuusula, Finland by Aalto University Wood Program
JUDGES
Left to Right: Professor Richard Harris, Andrew Waugh and James Greaves
(Remote) Yew-Thong Leong
IMAGE CREDITS
Säie Pavilion by Aalto University Wood Program © Kimmo Räisänen
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