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

michael green architecture plans north america's tallest wood building

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.


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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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