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The Ariake Gymnastics Centre was designed by Nikken Sekkei and the Shimizu Corporation. The project is one of eight to feature in the WAF Timber Prize shortlist
The Ariake Gymnastics Centre was designed by Nikken Sekkei and the Shimizu Corporation. The project is one of eight to feature in the WAF Timber Prize shortlist
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The Ariake Gymnastics Centre was designed by Nikken Sekkei and the Shimizu Corporation. The project is one of eight to feature in the WAF Timber Prize shortlist
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The Ariake Gymnastics Centre was designed by Nikken Sekkei and the Shimizu Corporation. The project is one of eight to feature in the WAF Timber Prize shortlist
The Ariake Gymnastics Centre is located in Tokyo, Japan
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The Ariake Gymnastics Centre is located in Tokyo, Japan
The Ariake Gymnastics Centre was created for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, and has a total capacity of 12,000. Now the games are over, it's being turned into an exhibition space
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The Ariake Gymnastics Centre was created for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, and has a total capacity of 12,000. Now the games are over, it's being turned into an exhibition space
Adohi Hall was designed by Leers Weinzapfel Associates, Modus Studio, and Mackey Mitchell Architects
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Adohi Hall was designed by Leers Weinzapfel Associates, Modus Studio, and Mackey Mitchell Architects
Adohi Hall is located in the University of Arkansas, USA
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Adohi Hall is located in the University of Arkansas, USA
Adohi Hall is the largest cross laminated timber (CLT) building in the United States, and the first example of a large-scale mass timber residence hall
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Adohi Hall is the largest cross laminated timber (CLT) building in the United States, and the first example of a large-scale mass timber residence hall
Daramu House was designed by Tzannes
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Daramu House was designed by Tzannes
Daramu House is located in Sydney, Australia
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Daramu House is located in Sydney, Australia
Daramu House is a distinctive office building that pushes the structural limits of timber construction
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Daramu House is a distinctive office building that pushes the structural limits of timber construction
Microlibrary Warak Kayu was designed by SHAU
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Microlibrary Warak Kayu was designed by SHAU
Microlibrary Warak Kayu is located in Indonesia
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Microlibrary Warak Kayu is located in Indonesia
Microlibrary Warak Kayu is a community space designed to serve low-income neighborhoods. Its latticed wooden facade helps keep the interior naturally cool
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Microlibrary Warak Kayu is a community space designed to serve low-income neighborhoods. Its latticed wooden facade helps keep the interior naturally cool
Harbour Kiosk was designed by LAAB Architects
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Harbour Kiosk was designed by LAAB Architects
Harbour Kiosk is located in Hong Kong, China
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Harbour Kiosk is located in Hong Kong, China
Harbour Kiosk features 49 robotic arms behind profiled timber fins, and is envisioned as an engaging kinetic piece of public architecture
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Harbour Kiosk features 49 robotic arms behind profiled timber fins, and is envisioned as an engaging kinetic piece of public architecture
Mon Repos Turtle Centre was designed by KIRK
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Mon Repos Turtle Centre was designed by KIRK
Mon Repos Turtle Centre is located in Mon Repos Beach, Australia
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Mon Repos Turtle Centre is located in Mon Repos Beach, Australia
Mon Repos Turtle Centre is a research, conservation and visitor center dedicated to nesting sea turtles. It features an impressive glulam (glue-laminated timber) structure
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Mon Repos Turtle Centre is a research, conservation and visitor center dedicated to nesting sea turtles. It features an impressive glulam (glue-laminated timber) structure
Scion Innovation Hub, Te Whare Nui o Tuteata was designed by RTA Studio and Irving Smith Architects. The building is located in New Zealand
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Scion Innovation Hub, Te Whare Nui o Tuteata was designed by RTA Studio and Irving Smith Architects. The building is located in New Zealand
Scion Innovation Hub, Te Whare Nui o Tuteata is a workplace located on the edge of a redwood forest and contains a curated exhibition of wood-fiber technology. Its exterior is defined by a striking wood and glass facade
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Scion Innovation Hub, Te Whare Nui o Tuteata is a workplace located on the edge of a redwood forest and contains a curated exhibition of wood-fiber technology. Its exterior is defined by a striking wood and glass facade
Climatorium was designed by 3XN
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Climatorium was designed by 3XN
Climatorium is located in Denmark
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Climatorium is located in Denmark
Climatorium is an educational climate center that features a wave carved into its facade that's meant to resemble the ribbed hull of a boat
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Climatorium is an educational climate center that features a wave carved into its facade that's meant to resemble the ribbed hull of a boat
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The World Architecture Festival (WAF) has announced its shortlist for the 2021 Timber Prize. The competition showcases outstanding wooden construction from around the world and highlights the beauty and versatility of wood as a building material.

The eight buildings shortlisted for the prize will now be submitted to the WAF's jury, which consists of members of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, CS Studio Architects, HCMA Architecture + Design, and a representative from the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). The jury will select the overall winner based on outstanding sustainability, innovation, quality and aesthetics, with the top building finally announced in December during the World Architecture Festival itself.

"Sustainable timber construction is making a big impression on architecture and design across the world, and we are delighted at the interest the prize has generated among practices entering the WAF Awards," says Paul Finch, Program Director of WAF. "Judging will be tough, given the wide range of geographies and building types that have made the shortlist. We look forward to celebrating the winner at the Festival in Lisbon."

There are images of each project on the shortlist in our gallery, but we've picked out a couple of buildings that impressed us – starting with the Ariake Gymnastics Centre by Nikken Sekkei and Shimizu Corporation.

The Ariake Gymnastics Centre is located in Tokyo, Japan
The Ariake Gymnastics Centre is located in Tokyo, Japan

This 12,000-capacity building was created for the recent 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, and now that the games are over, it's being converted into a permanent exhibition center.

Timber was chosen as a primary building material in part to reference that the site was once used for timber storage. Wood is used in everything from the structure and facade, down to the spectator seats. Additionally, the eye-catching ceiling consists of a complex wooden frame structure designed to reduce overall weight.

Climatorium was designed by 3XN
Climatorium was designed by 3XN

Another highlight is 3XN's new waterfront Climatorium educational climate center in Lemvig, Denmark. The mostly wooden building hosts education programs and development projects related to climate change.

The center is defined by a distinctive wave-like design that shapes the entrance and draws on the area's cultural history and tradition as a fishing town. Its undulating landscaping has also been carefully designed to represent prevailing winds.

We'll be back in December to report on the winner of the WAF 2021 Timber Prize.

Source: WAF

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2 comments
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Nelson Hyde Chick
We are going to need more and more lumber to build homes, offices, factories for the billions coming while also needing more and more trees to absorb all the CO2, it doesn't add-up to a healthy world.
BlueOak
Cool structures - one wonders whether/how they comply with contemporary fire protection standards? Treated wood? Even steel beams are often required to be coated with fire-resistive material.