Wood Design Awards Are Worth Watching

February 2, 2016

WoodWorks, an initiative of the Wood Products Council, has announced winners of the 2016 Wood Design Awards, celebrating excellence in non-residential and multi-family wood design.

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The China Pavilion for Milan Expo 2015 won the Beauty of Wood – Innovation prize (Credit: Sergio Grazia)

“WoodWorks Wood Design Awards celebrate projects and design teams that showcase the innovative use of wood as both a structural and finish material,” said Jennifer Cover, executive director of WoodWorks/Wood Products Council.

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The Aspen Art Museum, by Shigeru Ban Architects won the Regional Excellence award (Credit: Greg Kingsley, KL&A Inc.)

Cover stated this awards showcase ranges from mass timber to traditional wood-frame. “This year’s winning projects exemplify wood’s many attributes, from structural performance and design versatility, to sustainability, and cost-effectiveness.”

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Chicago Horizon, by Guy Nordenson & Associates won the Wood in Government Buildings award (Credit: Tom Harris, Hedrich Blessing)

Intended to promote the benefits of building from timber, this year’s 16 winners comprise a varied assortment, including a fire station, museum, library, and pavilion. National awards are being presented in nine categories including:

  • Multi-Story Wood Design
  • Commercial Wood Design
  • Wood in Government Buildings
  • Institutional Wood Design
  • Wood in Educational Buildings
  • Beauty of Wood – Innovation
  • Beauty of Wood – Craft
  • Green Building by Nature
  • Green Building by Design
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Fire Station 76, by Hennebery Eddy Architects won the Institutional Wood Design award (Credit: Josh Partee Photography)

Regional Excellence Awards will be presented at regional Wood Solutions Fairs beginning with the North Central Wood Solutions Fair in Minneapolis on March 23.

To see more in the WoodWorks gallery, visit this designer’s scrapbook.

Sources: gizmag, WoodWorks



Glenn Meyers

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