Audain Art Museum

B.C. firms win Wood Design & Building Awards

Friday, February 2, 2018

Five B.C. firms have won 2017 Wood Design & Building Awards from the Canadian Wood Council. The Wood Design Awards recognize exceptional wood buildings and serve to inspire designers to push the boundaries of what they think is possible for wood in construction.

“The Wood Design & Building Awards program has been in existence for over 30 years,” explains Etienne Lalonde, vice-president of market development for the Canadian Wood Council. “We’ve been continually impressed with the quality of submissions each year, and it’s a testament to the sophistication of wood products, due to improvements in technology and advancements in applications.”

The Canadian Wood Council, as well as this year’s sponsors, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Western Red Cedar, and Sansin, also granted special Wood Design Awards. Unique to this year’s program, two special jury awards were selected, one for technical innovation and one for public art education.

The B.C. winners were:

HONOUR
Audain Art Museum, Whistler, British Columbia, Patkau Architects (Photo above)

MERIT
Pause, Vancouver, British Columbia, DBR / Design Build Research, Alsu Sadrieva

SPECIAL JURY AWARD – TECHNICAL INNOVATION
Brock Commons Tallwood House, Vancouver, British Columbia, Acton Ostry Architects Inc.

SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY INITIATIVE – SPONSORSHIP AWARD
Solana, Whistler, British Columbia, Murdoch & Company Architecture + Planning Ltd.

SANSIN – SPONSORSHIP AWARD (use of Sansin DEC)
Grange Park Playground, Toronto, Ontario, PFS Studio

Winning projects were selected by an esteemed architectural jury consisting of Alan Organschi, principal at Gray Organschi Architecture, Betsy Williams, principal at Williamson Williamson, and Richard Bonnin, design principal at HGA Architects and Engineers.

For the full list of winners, visit Canadian Wood Council.

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