Governor General's Medals in Architecture — 2016 Recipient | Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

Governor General's Medals in Architecture — 2016 Recipient

Wood Innovation and Design Centre
Prince George
Award Category: 
Governor General’s Medals in Architecture

MGA | Michael Green Architecture

Lead design architect(s): 

Michael Green, FRAIC

The Wood Innovation Design Centre (WIDC) celebrates wood as one of the most beautiful, sustainable materials for building. The WIDC serves as a gathering place for researchers, academics, design professionals and others interested in generating ideas for innovative uses of wood.  The eight-storey building (six storeys with mezzanine plus penthouse), stands 29.5 metres tall — for the moment, the world’s tallest modern all-timber structure.  With this project, MGA sought to demonstrate repeatable technologies for building high-rise structures with timber, in hopes of inspiring institutions, private sector developers, other architects and engineers to embrace this way of building.

Jury Comment(s): 

"This Centre celebrates wood as a handsome and sustainable material, and demonstrates its viability for tall buildings. It is more than just a technological experiment; the project combines intelligence, beauty, and innovation in its approach to features such as the engineered wood curtain wall system, interior finishes, and modulation of sunlight. The jury applauds this exceptional structure that exhibits one of the unique contributions made to design and construction research in Canada and beyond."

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Photo: Ema Peter

Photo: MGA

Photo: Ed White

Photo: Ema Peter / MGA

Photo: Ed White