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

 

 


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double-height public ground level
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a panel showcasing various woods for people to look at, feel and smell
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entrance
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section
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section comparing building and tree heights
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construction section
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volumetric studies
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initial sketch
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