Steel, concrete and composites changed the way buildings were designed over the last hundred years. Long before the birth of the skyscraper, however, most architecture was constructed of either wood or masonry, materials that are still in wide use today. In celebrating some of the finest works of wood-focused architecture, a wood products council has announced a set of awards for new buildins in 2014. WoodWorks, a wood products industry group, has revealed its 2014 U.S. Wood Design Award Winners for civic architecture. These structures use wood as a central constructive material or an aesthetic design focus, from wooden beams and roofing to wooden fascias and visual accents.
WoodWorks has named a total of 13 projects out of 140 submissions that demonstrate “ingenuity in design or engineering”. The result is a who’s who of modern wood architecture, from the James and Anne Robinson Nature Center to the fascinating Muckleshoot Smokehouse. The use of wood in these structures emphasizes their inherent nature, yielding feelings of warmth and earthen richness throughout their designs. For the full list, head over to WoodWorks to learn more about the submissions, the judging process and what the winners represent for the discipline of wooden architecture and design.