March 15, 2017

Säie Pavilion named as the winner of the WAN Wood in Architecture Award!

From World Architecture News:

The winner was selected from six shortlisted projects which were chosen by our esteemed jury panel: James Greaves, Partner at Hopkins Architects, Professor Richard Harris , Professor of Timber Engineering at the University of Bath, Yew-Thong Leong, Associate Professor and Managing Director at Ryerson University / ssg architecture inc and Andrew Waugh, Director at Waugh Thistleton Architects.

Rather than using glu-lamination, the complex geometry of the building is achieved through actively bending pine elements and fixing them together using joints of CNC-cut birch plywood.

Yew-Thong would like to see the skills and knowledge gained on this project transferred to similar programs: “While I’ve seen many wood forms and shapes replicating gothic arches and vaults, this is the first project that studies wood construction in such a manner. I hope that this program continues, as I can see how the knowledge gained can be transferred to other wood-like or fibrous materials such as bamboo, carbon-fibre, etc.”

Andrew liked the overall look and details of the project: “I love this understanding, the kind of gothic structure and then a total re-examination and the fillet pieces. It’s just too beautiful.”

Richard commented on the engineering aspects of the Pavilion and also praised the innovation of the project: “It makes complete structural sense to do it like that, not just curvy roofs, but with flat roofs as well, pushing wood apart and using blocks, they’ve done the right thing, to set them back and use a shadow gap. What this project represents is innovation, through the use of computing, to get complexity in a computer and then fabricating it.”

James was also impressed and concluded by saying: “I like the way you get the laminations from the roof. When you see it in the canopy, it’s really nice. I just know that if I walked on to that stage, I would absolutely love it.”