2016 Wood Design Awards highlights outstanding timber construction

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The China Pavilion for Milan Expo 2015 won the Beauty of Wood – Innovation prize(Credit: Sergio Grazia)

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WoodWorks has revealed its winners for the 2016 Wood Design Awards. Intended to promote the benefits of building from timber, this year's 16 winners comprise a varied assortment, including a fire station, museum, library, and pavilion.

The most eye-catching winner by far is Beauty of Wood – Innovation winner, China Pavilion Milan Expo 2015. Designed for last year's Milan Expo by Tsinghua University's Academy of Art and Design and New York's Studio Link-Arc, the temporary structure measures 43,000 sq ft (3,994 sq m), and is defined by a very complex glulam (glued laminated timber) roof.

Other notable entries include Hennebery Eddy Architects' Fire Station 76, which won Institutional Wood Design. Including a fire station and living quarters, the building sports glulam arches and roof framing. The building's Douglas-fir siding was treated using the ancient Japanese charring technique of Shou Sugi Ban to increase its ability to withstand moisture and fire. Fire Station 76 was completed in 2015.

Aspen's Art Museum was designed by the creative Shigeru Ban. Completed in 2014, the building is wrapped by a basket-weave composite wood screen wall. The roof structure is notable too, and features an interlocking two-way wood frame that is designed to withstand massive snow loads.

Head to the sizable image gallery to check out each of the winning projects.

Source: WoodWorks

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