michael green architecture: WIDC, north america's tallest wood building michael green architecture: WIDC, north america's tallest wood building
apr 29, 2013

michael green architecture: WIDC, north america's tallest wood building

‘wood innovation design center’ by michael green architecture, prince george, british columbia, canadaimage © michael green architecture

 

 

 

long-time champions of timber construction and canadian practice michael green architecture will soon break ground on north america’s tallest woodenbuilding. standing at 27.5 meters, the ‘wood innovation design center (WIDC)’ will exhibit wood as a sustainable building material widely availablearound the globe, and aims to improve the local lumber economy while standing as a testament to new construction possibilities. the structure willcontain a mezzanine level, classrooms, offices, and a public gallery on the ground floor dedicated to the palpable experience of wood, lounges, and arooftop deck. owned by the state, the project will also house the university of northern british columbia’s masters of engineering program in additionto private office and public spaces. the structure will be made almost entirely of wood, save for metal connections and a concrete foundation. even theelevator core, which is traditionally made in concrete, will be made of thick timber panels whose density and size afford the appropriate fire ratingcharacteristics. the framing system allows for a greater facade transparency, accepting natural light and extending views with a low emissivity glassskin and opaque timber screens that help control solar gain. floor and ceiling slabs will be composed of mass timber panels (MTP) that provide lateralstability in addition to eliminating the need for surface finishes, and provide for many new design opportunities for future wood constructs.

 

 


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image © michael green architecture

 

 

double-height public ground levelimage © michael green architecture

 

 

image © michael green architecture

 

 

a panel showcasing various woods for people to look at, feel and smellimage © michael green architecture

 

 

entranceimage © michael green architecture

 

 

sectionimage © michael green architecture

 

 

section comparing building and tree heightsimage © michael green architecture

 

 

construction sectionimage © michael green architecture

 

 

volumetric studiesimage © michael green architecture

 

 

image © michael green architecture

 

 

initial sketchimage © michael green architecture

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