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Editor’s pickLet wood be wood: Azman Md Nor

12-03-2018
Malaysia, architect, Azman, Malaysian Wood Awards

Malaysian architect Azman Md Nor is a huge fan of wood. He is quietly championing this material in his country, but the lack of skilled craftsmen and quality timber, he says, is hindering progress. Timber is experiencing a renaissance in Southeast Asia as local architects return to their roots, drawing inspiration from the traditional kampong …

Editor’s pickSurrounded by the forest, it is only natural for this park centre in Quebec to be made of wood

11-01-2018
Quebec, Canada, wood architecture, park, forests

Surrounded by lakes, mountains and forests, it is no wonder that the design team behind the Centre de Services Le Bonnallie took inspiration from nature. Quebecois architecture firm Anne Carrier incorporated wood in various forms for the building, giving both interior and exterior spaces warmth and coziness. Set in Mont-Orford National Park in …

Editor’s pickSwimming among the trees

05-12-2017
swimming pool, CLT, London, school, wood architecture

Image: Hawkins Brown Freemen’s School in Ashtead, England, boasts a new swimming facility with an exposed timber frame and deep, large windows that offer panoramic views of the surrounding woodland. Nestled amongst the trees, architecture firm Hawkins \ Brown chose white-stained cross-laminated timber and glue-laminated timber for the roof …

Editor’s pickProject feature: Wood in schools

01-11-2017
wood construction, architecture, schools

Wood works super well in school construction, as demonstrated in Lord Kitchener Elementary School in Vancouver. Lord Kitchener Elementary School was established in 1914 in what was then the municipality of Point Grey, now the neighbourhood of Dunbar on Vancouver’s west side. The original wooden schoolhouse reached capacity in the early …

Editor’s pickPractice makes perfect pavilions

11-08-2017
Practicing, architecture

There are few professions in this world as meaningful as moulding the future of our next generation. In institutes of higher learning, it is critical to impart values that would see young minds becoming stewards of positive social and environmental impact. At the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, students undergo experiential learning …

Editor’s pickPrivate lake home wrapped in hemlock façade offers comfort, warmth and respect for nature

19-06-2017
hemlock, canada, architects ACDF, softwood, lake house

Set near Lake Memphremagog in Canada, this private home is a family’s desire to return to nature, simplicity and a balanced lifestyle.   The house represents sustainable construction. It is reinterpreted to define the modern house that is generously opened on the landscape. Constructed from a variety of materials including field …

Editor’s pickSpiritual spaces in the woods

09-06-2017
wood, construction, architecture, church, chapel, spiritual spaces

Designing the Joa Chapel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was a unique challenge because of the irregular topography of the land. In these natural surroundings where trees kiss the sky in the presence of the sea, worshippers can experience a quiet haven away from urban traffic. The conceptual search for simplicity has guided the design of the project …