Événement : Prix International d'Architecture Bois

The first International Prize for Wood Architecture awarded by the press was presented as part of the 8e edition of the International Wood Construction Forum, in Dijon (21), the 12 last April. On this occasion, The Tallwood House built in Vancouver (CA) by the agency Acton Ostry Architects Inc. was awarded. Come discover it here!

The International Prize for Wood Architecture awarded by the international press is an annual award whose aim is to reward achievement of excellence in the field of wood architecture. It wishes to encourage the development of innovative thinking about the use of wood, while forging links between the countries at whose heart wood construction plays an increasingly important role. Six specialized magazines took part in this first edition: Wood Sequences, France (Margotte Lamouroux); wood, Switzerland (Audanne Comment); Mikado fabric, Germany (Christoph Maria Dauner); WOOD, Finland (Mikko Viljakainen); WoodSweden (Mikael Eliasson); Wood Design & Building Magazine, Canada (Theresa Rogers).

Each contributed to the process of nominating the winner by proposing three projects. The nomination of the nominees was then made by vote, excluding the possibility for a juror to choose a project that he himself had presented. The official presentation of the prize took place on 12 April 2018, on the occasion of the 8e edition of the International Wood Construction Forum organized at Congrexpo congress center in Dijon.

The winner of this first edition is The Tallwood House, Vancouver (CA), Acton Ostry Architects Inc. In this regard, the jury members wished to make the following comment: "Two achievements were tied at the end of the deliberations, placing the jury in a delicate situation. Kengo Kuma's Artlab is a breathtaking example of how wood can serve as a showcase for an exhibition space by becoming a work of art. (...) The fact remains that The Tallwood House sets a new architectural milestone, paving the way for new uses of wood in the construction and architecture of multi-storey structures.

Following the preliminary votes, the shortlist included: Kengo Kuma and Associates (KKAA) with its Artlab project in Lausanne (Switzerland); Avanto Architects Ltd, Anu Puustinen and City Hara Löyly, Helsinki, Finland; OOPEAA Office for Perpheral Architecture and Anssi Lassila in Jyväksylä (Finland) with Puukuoka Housing Block; and the XTU studio (Nicolas Desmazieres + Anouk Legendre) for the City of Bordeaux Wine (33).

To learn more, visit the site of the wood construction forum

1) Loyli © Kuvatoimisto Kuvio Oy
2) City of Wine © XTU-Julien Lanoo
3) Max Weber © Hervé Abbadie
4) The Tallwood House © Michael Elkan
5) Artlab © Joel Tettamanti
6) Woodcut © Mikko Auerniitty

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